You and your spouse can work out the parenting issues, avoid or minimize the harm to the children and avoid a court fight. However, if you are unable to resolve these issues, the court must decide them for you. Both parents have an affirmative duty under Florida law to promote a good relationship between the children and the other parent. Each parent has the responsibility of making day-to-day decisions regarding the children’s care, maintenance and welfare while the children are in his or her care. The parents should at all times conduct themselves and their activities in a way that will promote the welfare and best interests of the children. Each parent must notify the other parent promptly of any serious illness or accident affecting the children.
For more information on paternity issues, visit the following websites:
Child support in Florida: http://dor.myflorida.com/dor/childsupport/paternity.html
Relevant Florida Statutes: Chapter 742 Determination of Parentage