Ask a Lawyer on SingleDad: Newborn Custody Request

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Jeffrey Leving is the nation’s leading Fathers Rights Attorney and offers FREE Family Law advice for Men on SingleDad.com. This week, learn about a Dad in Florida who wants to know about obtaining newborn custody rights. Read more…

Ask a Lawyer on
SingleDad: Newborn Custody Request

Jeffrey Leving is
the nation’s leading Fathers Rights Attorney and offers FREE Family Law advice
for Men on SingleDad.com. This week, learn about a Dad in Florida who wants to
know about obtaining newborn custody rights. Read more…

Question or Comment

Hello, I’m separated and living separately from my wife. She
had our baby yesterday. We both live in the state of Florida. We are headed to
divorce. I want to make sure I have 50/50 custody rights. Furthermore, I
understand that as a baby, my son can’t go back and forth this soon after
birth. How many months or years does it take to gain a custody schedule?

Dad

Answer from Jeffrey Leving:

As the father of a child, you have the right to be
positively involved in the life of your child. In fact, it is a public policy of the State of Florida that minor child
have frequent and continuing contact with both parents after a separation of
divorce, and that both parents share the rights, responsibilities and joys of
child-rearing. Further, courts
generally prefer some form of shared custody, such as joint legal custody,
joint physical custody or a combination of the two. In making custody determinations, a court will evaluate
several factors including the emotional ties between the parent and child, the
ability of the parties to provide love, affection and guidance of the child,
and the ability of each parent to provide for the child’s needs.

This means that
it is critical that you do what you can to remain involved in your infant’s
life in order to establish a father child relationship that will grow
over time. As you know, infant visitation is available to you but limited.
However, there is no set rule for when you can start having overnights with
your child. The best advice is be involved early and consistently. Also it’s
important when you do have visits to make sure you have the proper items for
your infant child such as formula, diapers, a crib, and toys. This will show your commitment to your
child and fitness as a parent.
While joint custody may be preferred, certain situations require a judge
to grant full custody to one parent so it’s critical to consult with a skilled child custody attorney immediately such
as Anthony D’Agostino at 312-807-3990 to ensure you take
the proper steps to protect your rights to your child and please feel free to
visit me at www.dadsrights.com.

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