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If a mother gives birth to a child and is not married at the time of the birth, the child's mother or father must legally establish paternity in order to resolve issues such as child support and visitation. Men who suspect that they are the father of a particular child should hire a family law attorney to help them establish paternity of that child.

Why Should Fathers Establish Paternity?

Establishing paternity can help fathers secure rights to visit their children, care for their children, and provide for their children. If a father establishes paternity, he may be able to pass various government benefits on to a child, and the child will be entitled to inherit his or her father's estate. A father who establishes paternity may also be able to exercise authority in his child's life. He may be able to make decisions regarding the child's healthcare, education, religious upbringing, and other major issues.

How is Paternity Established?

If a mother agrees that a particular man is the father of her child, then the couple can sign a "Voluntary Acknowledgement of Paternity" form in Florida. When parents sign this document, they acknowledge that the man signing the form is the child's father. The acknowledgment cannot be revoked after it has stood for 60 days. If the mother does not want to acknowledge the father, he may need to proceed to court to establish paternity. Paternity cases are normally determined in circuit courts.

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The family court judge has the authority to make an ultimate decision in a paternity case. The court will order genetic tests to use as evidence. Men who want more information about establishing paternity should call Catherine W. Real, P.A. for assistance. Our Tampa family lawyer is committed to representing clients in these court proceedings and providing aggressive litigation when necessary.

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