How to Establish Paternity in Florida
As a father, your relationship with your child is extremely important. Every child should have both parents involved in his or her life when it is in the child’s best interests. In order to ensure that you have legal rights as a father, such as custody and visitation, you will need to establish paternity. In Florida, paternity can be established in a number of ways:
- Being married to the child’s mother at the time the child is born
- Signing the child’s birth certificate in the hospital when the child is born, or at a later time
- Marrying the child’s mother after the child is born and updating the birth record through the Florida Office of Vital Statistics
- Administrative order based on genetic (DNA) testing that proves fatherhood
- A court order from a judge that established paternity
Why Paternity Is Important
If paternity is not established, a father could lose all rights regarding his child. Paternity gives a man equal rights to decision-making aspects of his child’s life, as well as parenting time and child support. If you are a father and have not established paternity in any of the ways listed above, or if you are facing divorce and need to protect your rights as a father, The Law Firm for Family Law can help.
Contact a Paternity Attorney in Clearwater, FL
Speak with a Clearwater divorce lawyer from our firm right away to discuss your case and learn what can be done to establish and defend your rights. Our lawyers have handled more than 1,800 family law cases. We also focus solely on family law and limit the number of cases that we handle at any given time, which means that each client receives our full attention. Client care is our main priority as we strive to win the best possible results for each case. Contact our firm for more information!