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Advocates for Your Family

Fathers' Rights Lawyer in Fort Myers

Skilled Fort Myers Fathers' Rights Attorney: Call (239) 970-6844

Fathers' Rights in Fort Myers

First, it is important to understand that unmarried individuals who have a child together do not have the same legal rights as married couples.

The process for establishing the terms of divorce, including the following, is more complex for unmarried parents:

  • Paternity
  • Child custody
  • Visitation
  • Child support

Whether you are married or not, however, your best chance of protecting your rights as a father is to work with an experienced Fort Myers divorce lawyer who can pursue a positive outcome for you and your child. The legal team at Powell, Jackman, Stevens & Ricciardi, P.A. promises to make your satisfaction our top priority and always treat you and your case with integrity, honesty, and respect.

Contact our firm today for custom solutions to serious legal problems! Se habla español.

The Role of the Birth Certificate in Fathers' Rights

If you signed your child's birth certificate, you acknowledged that you are the biological father, which also makes you legally responsible for the child. Legal responsibility makes you accountable for the financial support of the child but not necessarily for physically caring for the child if you are not married to the mother. If you desire to have a more active role in raising the child, however, you will want to file a petition to establish paternity with the court.

This process will set parameters for your rights to access to the child, including time-sharing arrangements and decision-making criteria. The court will prioritize the best interests of the child in setting these parameters, which usually involves equitable time with both parents. The petition process will also establish child support requirements.

Importance of Hiring Your Advocates

Fathers' rights look different for married fathers versus unmarried fathers, so make sure you talk to a knowledgeable family law attorney about your specific circumstances. Our firm seeks to help clients develop a working parenting plan that protects each party's rights. As a father, you and your child should have reasonable time to build a relationship with one another.

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  • She tackles problems with great speed and consistently works until a favorable solution is reached, always exceeding expectations.

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  • He was compassionate and wanted what was best for me and my family.

    “During a very difficult time in my marriage, I considered separation/divorce and over the course of six months, Jorge Santana was there to walk me through my options. He was always available to answer my questions and ease my concerns. He was compassionate”

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Meet Our Attorneys

  • William M. Powell, Esq.
    William M. Powell, Esq. Partner
  • Rita M. Jackman
    Rita M. Jackman Partner
  • Adam J. Stevens
    Adam J. Stevens Partner
  • Richard M. Ricciardi, Jr.
    Richard M. Ricciardi, Jr. Partner
  • Jorge Santana
    Jorge Santana Partner
  • William M. Powell, Esq. Partner
    William M. Powell, Esq.

    Although William M. Powell, Esq. is well-versed in a variety of legal matters and case types, he has built a strong reputation through his focus on personal injury and medical malpractice cases. Your Advocates are proud to have him as a member of our law firm. He shares our passion for helping people in need and prioritizes our clients’ needs. Read More

  • Rita M. Jackman Partner
    Rita M. Jackman

    Ms. Jackman’s unwavering ambition and leadership has provided clients and will provide her future clients a star in this profession. Ms. Jackman is a relentless researcher and preparer who handles her client tasks with a tremendous amount of preparation and thought. Ms. Jackman was born and raised in Cape Coral, Florida which has worked to benefits her practice and the clients that she serves. Read More

  • Adam J. Stevens Partner
    Adam J. Stevens

    Mr. Stevens has found his niche by becoming a litigation attorney and understands that communication between an attorney and client are paramount to obtaining favorable results. Mr. Stevens is known for taking on any and all types of cases no matter how difficult or routine they may be. Mr. Stevens is known as an aggressive attorney, though at the same time understands that some cases require a more patience to ensure a favorable result. Mr. Stevens does not shy away from challenging legal issues and has litigated complex matters against municipalities, international unions, large banking institutions, and several insurance companies. Read More

  • Richard M. Ricciardi, Jr. Partner
    Richard M. Ricciardi, Jr.

    His experience in litigation provides him the ability to identify and isolate potential areas of conflict and effectively counsel clients around potential pitfalls. Mr. Ricciardi believes that proper estate planning, real estate counsel, and business planning are areas of importance to everyone. Protecting and dispensing clients' various interests, assets, and lifetime earnings can make the difference between a comfortable retirement and wasting thousands of dollars in assets and earnings. Specialized knowledge, experience and attention to detail in these areas is therefore critically important. Read More

  • Jorge Santana Partner
    Jorge Santana

    Attorney Jorge J. Santana, Jr. is an American born Cuban-American, fluent in both English and Spanish. Jorge left Miami to join us here in beautiful and peaceful Fort Myers, Florida in March 2015. He has an extreme love for the law, which is only overshadowed by his desire to help all those in need. His reputation for fairness, hard work and honesty is respected by all his clients and attorneys. Read More