Child Visitation Attorney in Panama City
Defending Your Rights as a Parent
Seaton Law Offices, P.A. the firm knows how important it is for you to spend as much time as possible
with your children, and are ready to fight to protect your right to an
ample schedule of visitation after your
divorce. The courts in Panama City prefer to grant each parent full access to
the children, in recognition of how much children can benefit from having
both a mother and father in their lives. Unfortunately, divorces frequently
end with a parenting plan which makes it difficult or impossible for the
non-custodial parent to play a role in the children's lives.
The attorneys at the firm can either seek to negotiate an out-of-court
settlement with the other parent, or can bring the case to a
family law judge who will rule on the matter based on evidence and testimony from
both sides. In either case, the goal is to demonstrate that it is in the
best interests of the children to spend as much time as possible with
you. The firm is prepared to defend you against objections from the other
parent or even allegations of child abuse or
domestic violence. In addition to arguing in favor of a generous time-sharing schedule,
an attorney can seek to secure shared parental responsibility, giving
you a say in important matters such as medical care, education, discipline
and religious upbringing.
Paternity Actions for Visitation Rights in Panama City
If you were not married to the mother of your child at the time of birth,
you do not automatically have any legal rights or responsibilities in
regards to the child. There is no legal presumption of the identity of
the father of a child born out of wedlock. An attorney from the firm can
represent you in a
paternity action, possibly using DNA testing to prove that you are the father. At
the conclusion of this action, you would then have the right to petition
for rights of visitation and parental responsibility.
Interference with Child Visitation Rights
Interference usually refers to hindering some aspect of
child custody. If one parent interferes with the other parent's relationship to
the child and disparages him or her in front of the kids, a judge will
not look well on this. Interference may be a factor in determining custody.
Once custody is awarded, all too often, a custodial parent may bar the
other parent from acting on his or her rights to
visitation. He or she may even try to cut off communication between the non-custodial
parent and the children altogether. The custodial parent can effectively
keep the other parent away from children for months and even years at
a time. If the other parent is running interference on your parental rights,
you have legal recourse.
What Not to Do if the Custodial Parent Interferes
If this violation of your visitation rights is only once in a while, then
those missed times must be made up. If the custodial parent refuses, you
should certainly keep up any
child support payments all the same. Your child needs to maintain a healthy relationship
with you, and if the other parent is rejecting your visitation rights,
then rejecting to support your child will not help.
If you refuse to pay, even in retaliation to the other parent's wrong
actions, you can be held in
contempt of court. If the charges of contempt stand, you could face a host of penalties,
from wage garnishment or driver's license suspension, to being jailed
and fined. You also cannot just step in and create your own time with
your children. If you pick up the kids at an unscheduled time, or exceed
the time scheduled for your visit, then the custodial parent can charge
you with kidnapping. There are legal measures you can take to assert your
How to Defend Your Parental Rights
If the other parent is interfering with your parental rights, be sure to
contact your lawyer. Sometimes all it can takes is an attorney sending
a letter to the other parent. It can state that he or she is violating
parenting plan, and you are ready to take the matter before a judge. This may be all
the prompting necessary to get the other parent to cooperate. If the other
parent continually foils your visitation rights, then you can file a petition
to take your grievance to court. There are number of means that a judge
can use to
enforce court orders, since the other parent can be held in contempt of court. With the help
of a family law attorney, you can enforce your children's rights to
be with you, and your right to parent your children.
Experienced Panama City Divorce Attorney Ready to Defend Your Rights
Sadly, contentions may not end with a divorce. The firm understands that
this can be especially painful because your children are directly affected
by the other parent's interference. Seaton Law Offices, P.A. has their
clients' best interests at heart. An attorney at the firm can communicate
with the other parent to convince them to uphold court orders, and if
necessary, they can take your case to court. The firm can be ready to
take whatever action is necessary to ensure that your children maintain
their vital relationship with you.
If you consult with a knowledgeable family attorney, you can understand
what your options are and how to take positive action. The sooner you
act, the sooner you may be able to move on to a brighter future for you
and your family.
Do not hesitate to call a Panama City divorce attorney.
Contact the firm today!