Family Law

Establishment of Paternity

In Florida, Paternity is established in one of two ways: the mother is married and a child is born during the marriage; or through the Court system in a paternity action.  While the signing of a birth certificate by a possible father is often referred to as the “administrative establishment” of paternity, it is usually not enough, as a paternity action must be filed to create or establish a timesharing schedule and parenting plan and to determine child support for the child. 

With some exceptions, either the mother or the father may file a paternity action.  If both the mother and alleged father agree on the paternity of the child, then a DNA test is not required. However, if there is a dispute as to the identity of the father, then a DNA test will typically be ordered to determine the biological father of the child.

If you wish to establish your paternity regarding a child, if you wish to establish the paternity of the other parent, contact us today for a consultation to see how we can help.

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