Establishing Paternity In Florida

You have a right to spend time with your child, and your child deserves to be provided for. The first step to gaining custody or parenting time with your child is establishing paternity. It is also essential to be awarded child support. Do not give up on your rights. Hire a family law attorney who knows how to stand up for your family rights.

The family law attorneys at The Law Office of Robert W. Bauer, P.A., in Gainesville are committed to protecting the parental rights of our clients. We represent both fathers and mothers who are looking to establish paternity. We know what it takes to establish paternity, and we make sure our clients have the evidence necessary to prove their case to the court.

Children grow up fast. Do not lose out on precious time. Get help now. If you need help with a paternity matter, call our firm today at 352-260-0207 or toll free at 866-974-2196. We are ready to fight for you. You can also reach us using our online form.

What Is The Legal Definition Of Paternity?

Paternity refers to the process of determining who is the legal father of a child. For unmarried parents in Florida, paternity is critical to establishing many parental rights, from obtaining time sharing rights with the child to child support as well as adoption.

Signing a birth certificate is not enough to be recognized as the father of a child. An Establishment of Paternity action must be filed with the court.

Why Is It Important To Establish Paternity In Florida?

Paternity is required to obtain the legal rights, privileges and responsibilities associated with being a father.

There is distinction between being a biological father and a legal father. A biological father is a genetic father, but unless that connection is acknowledged by the court, a father has no legal rights to spend time with his child. Likewise, a child does not have the right to inherit from his/her father. Paternity is also necessary to obtain child support.

How Do You Establish Paternity In Florida?

In Florida, there are two ways to establish paternity:

  • By marriage — Florida law presumes that the husband in a marriage is the father of a child born into that marriage unless it is proven otherwise. Please note that this means that you are actually married. Practically married is not married, and there is no common law marriage in Florida. If you don't have a license, you are not married.
  • By establishment of paternity — Establishment of paternity is the formal legal process by which a father may be recognized as the legal father of a child. DNA testing is only required if one of the parties is disputing the paternity of a child.

Sometimes a parent is concerned that another parent will make it difficult to have a child's true paternity known. We have the tools necessary to assist parents with paternity recognition.

Let Our Family Law Lawyers Answer Your Paternity Questions

If you have questions about how we can help you with a paternity action, we invite you to schedule a consultation with a paternity lawyer at our firm. Call our firm in Gainesville at 352-260-0207 or send us an email about your situation.