When a child is conceived outside of marriage in Florida, the mother has automatic legal rights to that child, and, therefore, can make decisions about that child’s future without any interference. However, the same legal power is not given to biological fathers. A biological father must file his parenting intent with the state or a court of law in order to establish his paternity rights.
Sadly, many unwed fathers are unaware of this fact until it is too late, putting them at a distinct legal disadvantage. Without paternity, a biological father cannot object to his child being adopted and cannot be assigned custody of his child or even establish a parental relationship with his child.