In Florida, Paternity can be established in several different ways. If the parents of the child are married at the time of the child’s birth, paternity is automatically established by law. If the parents are not married when the child is born, a parent may establish paternity in several different ways. The parties may agree to the Father’s name being on the birth certificate, or the Father may have to file an action with a Court to establish paternity. Additionally, there are many reasons as to why a Mother may want to initiate the paternity process rather than the Father. Likewise, there are many reasons as to why a Father may wish to establish paternity of their child legally, whether or not the Mother and Father are on good terms. It is important to note that an unwed Father does not have any legal rights to timesharing with a child just because his name appears on the child’s birth certificate. Are you aware of the Putative Father Registry? Has child support been established by an Administrative Order? What rights do you as a parent have to your child? There are so many questions and decisions that need to be made when deciding to file a paternity action or how to respond to one that is filed against the parents by the State of Florida. Due to the intricacies of the process and in order to preserve your rights as a parent, it is important to speak to an attorney. Contact Catania Legal Group, LLC in Orlando, Florida, and speak to our family law attorney today. You do not have to go through it alone. Call Catania Legal Group, LLC today. Have questions? We have answers. Contact Catania Legal Group, LLC today at 407.377.5453.
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