I see it all the time. A mother requests state welfare benefits, and the Florida Department of Revenue inquires as to whether the mother is receiving child support from her child’s father. The answer is no, and the Department of Revenue then initiates an administrative action to get the father to financially support his child.
Sometimes, the father admits that he is the child’s parent, and other times paternity is established through genetic testing, but the ultimate result is that the father is ordered to pay child support.
So, then, since he is paying support, does the father automatically get custody rights?
Though a mother should encourage a loving and continuing relationship between her child and the child’s father, the father does not automatically get custody rights.
However, the father can establish those rights.