The Triumph of The Good Dad Act in Florida and the Fight for Father's Rights Nationwide

New Florida law gives more parental rights to unmarried biological fathers

In the heart of Florida, a groundbreaking piece of legislation is changing the narrative for fathers fighting for their parental rights. The Good Dad Act, officially known as House Bill #775, was signed into law by Governor Ron DeSantis and is set to take effect on July 1, 2023. This historic bill, which passed unanimously in both the Florida House and Senate, aims to empower unmarried biological fathers and challenge societal barriers that have long hindered their role in their children's lives.

The Catalyst: Ulysess Carwise's story serves as a poignant example of the struggles many unmarried fathers face. His 5-year-old daughter was given up for adoption at birth without his knowledge or consent, sparking a legal battle that echoed the private struggles of countless fathers in similar situations. This injustice prompted the creation of the Good Dad Act, shedding light on the need for change in the legal landscape regarding fathers' rights.

The Good Dad Act Unveiled: The Good Dad Act is not just a legal document; it's a beacon of hope for fathers who have felt marginalized in the family court system. Driven by the tireless efforts of individuals like Bernard Wh Jennings, a Florida Supreme Court Mediator, this legislation grants unwed fathers enhanced legal rights, including shared custody arrangements, decision-making authority, and visitation schedules prioritizing the child's best interests.

Co-Parenting Emphasized: At the heart of the Good Dad Act is a commitment to co-parenting. Fathers are encouraged to actively participate in their children's upbringing, fostering strong and nurturing relationships. The legislation recognizes the vital contributions fathers make to their children's lives and seeks to eliminate gender biases that have historically been pervasive in family courts.

Addressing Gender Bias: The Good Dad Act takes a bold step in addressing gender bias within the family court system. It ensures that unwed fathers have equal access to legal representation and are treated fairly and impartially in custody disputes. The formation of the Good Dad Act Committee by the Biscayne Gardens Chamber of Commerce signals a commitment to passing similar legislation nationwide, aiming to dismantle systemic barriers.

The Impact of The Good Dad Act: Dr. Bernard Wh Jennings emphasizes that the Good Dad Act has already been upheld in several Florida family court cases, marking a paradigm shift in how unmarried fathers are perceived in legal matters. The legislation is accompanied by a companion bill, House Bill #1301, which removes certain requirements for modifying parenting plans, further streamlining the legal process for fathers seeking justice.

From Florida to the Nation: The Biscayne Gardens Chamber of Commerce's Good Dad Act Committee is on a mission to replicate this success across all states. Weekly meetings, attended by unwed fathers and supporting women from across the United States, underscore the urgency and importance of the cause. Those interested in joining the efforts can participate in the committee's meetings by sending a request to

Spreading Awareness and Support: To further amplify the call for change, individuals can visit and These platforms provide resources, information, and opportunities to support the nationwide movement for fathers' rights.

The Good Dad Act is more than legislation; it's a testament to the power of perseverance and advocacy. As Florida pioneers a new era of father's rights, the nation watches closely, with the hope that other states will follow suit. The fight for equality and empowerment is far from over, but the Good Dad Act is a crucial step towards a future where every father's voice is heard and every child benefits from the love and involvement of both parents.

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