Joanna Mitchell & Associates, P.A. | Joanna Mitchell
It sounds as if your child support obligation was most likely determined under a Department of Revenue, Child Support Enforcement action. In order to establish parental responsibility (the right to share in decision and information regarding the child) and timesharing (more commonly known as visitation), you will need to file a Petition to Establish Paternity and Related Relief. Even though paternity is not at issue, this is what the action is called, as you were never married to the mother. You should consult an attorney to assist you in the process in order to best protect your right to have equal time and rights with your child. My office offers free initial telephone consultations if you would like to discuss this matter in more detail, as well as explore the potential rights and options available.
Answer Applies to: Florida