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Child Custody For Unmarried Parents

At The Law Offices of Elkins & Elkins, we help unmarried mothers and fathers protect their parental rights. Our lawyers are dedicated to helping you ensure a strong and continuing parental relationship with your child.

These cases can be complicated, but with decades of experience on our side, you can be confident in our ability to guide you through the process. The process starts in most cases by establishing paternity. Once paternity is established, we will help you create a child custody plan or parenting plan that is in your child's best interest.

The Rights of Unwed Fathers

Unmarried fathers often feel that their parental rights are being neglected. Our custody attorneys work hard to make certain that is not the case and that fathers are treated equally. The reality is that courts want to see both parents involved in the child's life. We strive to see that this ideal is put into practice in parenting plans.

The Rights of Unwed Mothers

Unmarried mothers often worry that their rights are going to be undermined, particularly in cases in which the child is a little older and the father has not been involved up until this point. While parenting plans that allow the child to spend time with both parents are ideal, the court takes into account the existing parental relationships. Furthermore, any history or behavior that may put the child in danger is taken very seriously. Our family law attorneys will not let the bond you have built with your child be broken.

Contact a Trusted Lawyer

Unmarried parents: When you contact our Orlando law office or one of our other Florida law offices, you will get attentive and immediate service from a lawyer who is trusted in the community. The process starts with a free consultation, which you can schedule by calling us at us or contacting us via email.



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The Elkins & Freedman law firm was effective, responsive, and knowledgeable to me during my dire family law situation. Before hiring Mr. Elkins, my ex-girlfriend/mother of my child was not letting me see my child. After hiring Mr. Elkins, I got my child at least half the time. I was most impressed with Mr. Elkins ability and willingness to directly level with my ex-girlfriend/mother of my child, whom initially was uncooperative and not represented. I sincerely felt that Mr. Elkins was my advocate and he got the job done. I highly recommend Mr. Elkins and the Elkins & Freedman law firm to anyone who needs legal representation.

Kendall G.

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1420 Celebration Blvd. Suite 200
Celebration, FL 34747
Phone: 407-830-1177


7380 W. Sand Lake Rd. Suite 500
Orlando, FL 32819
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Altamonte Springs

283 Cranes Roost Blvd. Suite 111
Altamonte Springs, FL 32701
Phone: 407-830-1177