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Establishing paternity is crucial in Florida family law cases. Paternity is a gateway to initiating child support payments, creating a custody agreement and solidifying parental rights. If you need a skilled, compassionate attorney to guide you through the paternity process in Miami, look no further than Arriete Law, P.A.
Establishing Paternity In Florida
There are several ways to establish paternity in Florida. The most common ways are through marriage or through an establishment of paternity case. When a child is born to a married couple, the husband is presumed to be the father. In all other cases, paternity can only be established through an establishment of paternity case in court.
There are four ways to establish paternity when a child is born to an unmarried couple:
- The parents can get married and update the birth record.
- Both parents can sign an acknowledgment of paternity.
- A genetic test can be ordered by the court to identify the father.
- A judge may name a man the “default” father if he refuses testing.
In cases where paternity is contested, the outcome almost always hinges on the results of genetic testing.
Benefits Of Establishing Paternity
There are numerous benefits to establishing paternity for both parents and children. For example, a paternity decision can give a father the right to have a say in how the child is raised and receive custody or visitation. It also makes it possible for a mother to pursue child support payments. A child can benefit from that support as well as the option of being covered by their father’s health insurance policy and the ability to share in Social Security benefits.
Put A Proven Family Law Attorney On Your Side
We have been representing the interests of mothers, fathers and children in paternity and other family law cases in Florida courts for more than 10 years. Call 786-600-4437 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a consultation with an experienced family law attorney.