Today, a growing percentage of couples in the U.S. are having children out of wedlock. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, during 2012 nearly 41 percent of babies who were born in the U.S. were born to unwed mothers. For the fathers of these children, it's important to take steps to establish legal paternity.
Under the law, a man is presumed to be the father of a child if the man is married to the child's mother when the child is born. However, unmarried fathers need to take extra steps in order to be presumed the child's father and parental rights.
As we all know, life is full of changes. New jobs and relationships -- or simply the desire for a fresh start -- can result in Florida residents wishing to pack up and move to different states. While most people can do this easily and at their own free will, the same is not true if a child custody order is in place.