In Florida, when a unwed couple has a child, the Mother is presumed to have all legal rights to the child. Until a circuit court determines who is the legal Father, the Mother can decide all aspects of the child's life including where the child resides, how often the child can visit with relatives like the Father, and how the child will be medically treated.
In a Paternity case, the court will enter a Parenting Plan which is a written directive of each parents' rights and obligations to the child. The Court will determine the number of nights in a year the child resides with the Mother and the Father. With this information plus each parents' monthly income and child expenses, a child support amount will be calculated pursuant to the Florida Child Support Guidelines.