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Paternity Cases

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Establishing Paternity Cases with the Court

In Florida, when a mother marries and then gives birth, the law assumes the child’s father is the husband. However, if the mother is unmarried at the time of birth, the mother may establish paternity voluntarily or by court order.

This procedure is easy when the mother and alleged father agree on the parentage of the child. The parties can just sign a “Voluntary Acknowledgement of Paternity” form. However, with no voluntary acknowledgment, either the mother or the man claiming parentage must establish paternity with the court.

The following can begin a paternity case with the court:

  • The child’s mother
  • Alleged father or man who believes he is the father
  • The child accompanied by a legal representative
  • Florida Department of Revenue
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Establishing Paternity Cases with the Court

In Florida, when a mother marries and then gives birth, the law assumes the child’s father is the husband. However, if the mother is unmarried at the time of birth, the mother may establish paternity voluntarily or by court order.

This procedure is easy when the mother and alleged father agree on the parentage of the child. The parties can just sign a “Voluntary Acknowledgement of Paternity” form. However, with no voluntary acknowledgment, either the mother or the man claiming parentage must establish paternity with the court.

The following can begin a paternity case with the court:

  • The child’s mother
  • Alleged father or man who believes he is the father
  • The child accompanied by a legal representative
  • Florida Department of Revenue
Contesting Paternity

In contrast to establishing paternity, a man may utilize a paternity petition to contest paternity allegations to contest allegations that he is the father of the child. The court may serve this petition on any current legal child guardian and must include an affidavit from the father that alleges that he is not the biological father of the child with new evidence supporting the contention.

Contesting Paternity

In contrast to establishing paternity, a man may utilize a paternity petition to contest paternity allegations to contest allegations that he is the father of the child. The court may serve this petition on any current legal child guardian and must include an affidavit from the father that alleges that he is not the biological father of the child with new evidence supporting the contention.

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Assisting Clients with Paternity Concerns | DAB Law

No matter if a parent is trying to establish paternity for a child conceived outside of marriage, or contenting assertions of paternity believed untrue, a Family Law attorney will bring experience and knowledge to assist their client.

Our firm DAB Law understands the unique challenges both a mother and alleged father face by bringing about or contesting a paternity action. Our team can provide you assertive advocacy that you may need. To learn more, contact us today!

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Assisting Clients with Paternity Concerns | DAB Law

No matter if a parent is trying to establish paternity for a child conceived outside of marriage, or contenting assertions of paternity believed untrue, a Family Law attorney will bring experience and knowledge to assist their client.

Our firm DAB Law understands the unique challenges both a mother and alleged father face by bringing about or contesting a paternity action. Our team can provide you assertive advocacy that you may need. To learn more, contact us today!

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