Gulf Breeze, FL asked in Child Custody and Family Law for Florida

Q: My 1.5 year old son has my last name, but I am not on the birth certificate. How do I go about getting shared custody?

My son’s mother threatens to leave the state and never allow me to see him again. I want to be on the birth certificate and have shared custody. She does not cooperate.

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Rand Scott Lieber
Rand Scott Lieber
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  • Divorce Lawyer
  • Hollywood, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: You need to file a Petition for Paternity with the court. You will then get a timesharing schedule, your name on the birth certificate, and mom will not be able to relocate without permission.

Destardes Moore agrees with this answer

Destardes Moore
Destardes Moore
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  • Divorce Lawyer
  • Jacksonville, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: You will need to file a Petition to Determine Paternity and For Related Relief. In the Petition, you can request timesharing and to have your name added to the birth certificate. The Instructions that accompany the Petition will list the additional documents that are required for filing. The Standing Family Law Order will need to be served on the Mother along with the Petition to prevent her from relocating. Good Luck!

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