Biological Fathers and Standing-Putative biological father can establish standing to challenge paternity and assert paternal rights by demonstrating that he has shown a substantial and continuing concern for the welfare of the children

M.L.H. v. Dep’t of Children & Families, 2018 Fla. App. LEXIS 10935, 43 Fla. L. Weekly D 1782, 2018 WL 3672945 (Fla. 2d DCA Aug. 3, 2018). The trial court erred in holding that, as a matter of law, the biological father lacked standing to assert his paternal rights based on the presumption of legitimacy […]

Statute of Repose and Standing-Appeal barred by statute of repose and dismissed where biological father was not a legal parent, was not a party to the adoption below and had no standing to challenge the adoption judgment

J.G. v. State, — So.3d —- (2018) Biological father who was active in lives of his children and was participant in TPR proceedings against mother and legal father, yet failed to take steps to obtain legal parental rights, lacked standing to bring appeal of adoption order. In order adjudicating children dependent, the trial court found […]