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Are you a man who believes you’ve fathered a child and wants to exercise your right to be in their life? Or, are you a man being asked to provide money or other resources for a child that is not yours? If you answered “yes” to either of these questions, establishing paternity could be the answer to your problems. However, if the mother in question is refusing to cooperate, you may be looking at a difficult road ahead. Still, the reward of being in your child’s life or resolving ill-placed obligations is worth the effort, and The Men’s Divorce Law Firm has what it takes to help you accomplish that goal. If you’re unsure of where to start or what steps to take, call our Azalea Park paternity lawyers today to schedule a consultation and get more information about how we can serve you.

How Is Paternity Established In Florida?

There are two types of “fathers” that are legally recognized by the state of Florida: the biological father and the legal father. The biological father is the man who fathered the child, while the legal father is the man who has rights and responsibilities toward the child. If a man and woman are married when the woman gives birth, paternity is automatically granted to that man. If the man in question is not the father, then paternity must be established through another route. 

If a mother and father are not married at the time of birth, they can agree to sign a legal document that establishes paternity. This document is not the birth certificate, and in fact, being listed as the father on a birth certificate actually does not establish paternity (even though it may be used in a paternity suit if it goes to court). When parents cannot agree on the paternity of a child, a court order or DNA test may be necessary.

If you have been left with no other option to establish paternity but to take legal action, our Azalea Park paternity lawyers can step in to advocate on your behalf, and simplify each step of the process. We know how to navigate the family court system effectively and get results in a timely manner. 

What Happens After Paternity Is Established?

If you decide to pursue this legal journey, you should be aware of the effects that establishing paternity will have. On the one hand, being named the legal father of a child means that you have rights that cannot be taken away, such as your right to visitation and being involved in the important decisions that have to do with their upbringing. You cannot be kept uninformed when it comes to your child’s education, health care, religious affiliations, or records. You will also be in a position to provide benefits to your child, such as health or dental insurance.

On the other hand, paternity comes with obligations that should not be taken lightly. As the legal father, you will be held accountable for the child’s many expenses, such as medical, school supplies, food, clothing, and more. There will also be a presumption that you provide emotional and moral support as best you can, and adhere to the custody and visitation schedules that are agreed upon. 

Call Our Azalea Park Paternity Lawyers For Dedicated Attention To Your Unique Situation 

No matter which side of the issue you find yourself on, The Men’s Divorce Law Firm is ready to advocate for you. We will help you fight for your parental rights or do everything we can to prevent the establishment of paternity. Our team, led by attorney Jean Moses, will put you in the best position to move forward after your case is resolved successfully. Call today to request your consultation and learn more about our firm. 

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