Happy Easter from your Ft. Myers Family Law Attorney Mary A. Cosmo

Family Law, Civil Litigation, Wills  & Estate Planning, and Probate matters.

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Ft. Myers 239-208-2203

LaBelle 863-764-9980

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Affordable Lee County Family Law Attorney

15050 Elderberry Lane, Suite 4-14
Ft. Myers, FL 33907
239-208-2203

Affordable Hendry-Glades County Family Law Attorney

LaBelle Office
825 E. Cowboy Way, Suite 107
LaBelle, FL 33935
863-674-9980

What are my rights as an unwed mother?

Being an unwed mother can be scary and you may have several questions; such as: What are my legal rights as a parent? What if I put the father’s name of the birth certificate? What can I do to protect my child? What can I do if the father does not return the child?

Under Florida Statute 744.301(1), The mother of a child born out of wedlock is the natural guardian of the child and is entitled to primary residential care and custody of the child unless the court enters an order stating otherwise.

This means the Mother has a superior right to “custody” of the child born out of wedlock until the an action is brought in Circuit Court to establish paternity (even if you already know who the Father is or if the Father is listed on the birth Certificate.

When the Father is listed on the birth certificate, it creates a presumption that the person listed is the biological Father. To establish or enforce a father’s natural rights, he MUST file an action for paternity in circuit court.

Mary A. Cosmo, Esq.
15050 Elderberry Lane, Suite 4-14
Ft. Myers, FL 33907
239-208-2203

LaBelle Office
825 E. Cowboy Way, Suite 107
LaBelle, FL 33935
863-674-9980

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Free Consultation

The Law office of Mary A Cosmo is committed to providing affordable, professional legal services with personal and respectful representation of your legal matter. We handle Family Law, Civil Litigation, Wills & Estate Planning, and Probate matters.
We offer limited or full representation so whether you only need assistance with document review, filling out forms, or full representation we are here to help.

Consultations: Our 30 minute consultations are always free. You should have the option to speak to your attorney before you commit to paying for their advice. Our Attorneys believe that no matter the type of representation your attorney should be available to you to answer your questions. You can always get a hold of our attorneys by phone or email (please do not text, it is not secure), if you have to leave a message we will return your call within 24-48 hours.

Ft. Myers 239-208-2203
15050 Elderberry Lane, Suite 4-14
Ft. Myers, Florida 33907

LaBelle 863-674-9980
825 E. Cowboy Way
LaBelle, Florida 33935

BUYER BEWARE – $60.00 DIVORCE ADVERTISMENTS

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YOU CAN GET THE SAME PAPERWORK FREE_FREE_FREE from the FLORIDA SUPREME COURT WEBSITE!!!!

In some cases going cheap may end up costing you a lot more in the end. Sure you can purchase a packet of papers from an “online non-lawyer service” that advertises you get “all the documents you will ever need” for $60.00.

BUYER BEWARE-the same papers you are purchasing for $60.00, YOU CAN GET FOR FREE at the Florida Supreme Court’s Website at http://www.flcourts.org/resources-and-services/family-courts/family-law-self-help-information/family-law-forms.stml#980. Plus, they have “simple” instructions. The same instructions that a Document Service can provide. THEY CANNOT PROVIDE LEGAL ADVICE!!!!

FREE FORMS: http://www.flcourts.org/resources-and-services/family-courts/family-law-self-help-information/family-law-forms.stml#980.

THE COURT FILING FEES ARE MORE THAN $60.00!

Let’s first look at the actual cost of filing your papers. In the 20th Circuit (Lee, Hendry, Glades, Collier, and Charlotte Counties), the Court filing fee for divorce is $408.00. If you have to serve the other party, add $10.00 for the Clerk’s Issuance of a Summons. Then, add the $40-50 fee that the Sheriff will charge you to have it served on the other party. Depending on your income and assets, you may be able to qualify for a fee waiver of some of the Court fees. Each County Clerk will have a form, ASK THE CLERK FOR A WAIVER FORM!

If you are still confused….Ask an Attorney for a FREE Consultation. There are attorneys that will work with you and help you through your difficult times.

Think about the Costs if you make a mistake in your paperwork…you could be waiving a right. Please seek the advice of an attorney BEFORE you decide to file. Divorce is already a difficult situation, do not make it worse.

For more information contact us at The Law Office of Mary A. Cosmo, Ft. Myers Attorney, practicing in Lee County.  We are now taking cases for civil litigation, small claims, family Law, and probate proceedings.  Call us today to see how affordable legal advise can be.

The Law Office of Mary A. Cosmo, 15050 Elderberry Lane, Suite 4-14, Ft. Myers Florida 33907.

 

 

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