Establishing Paternity in Tampa, FL
Trustworthy Guidance from Our Tampa Family Lawyer
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
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 acknowledgement
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.
Contact a Dedicated Tampa Family Lawyer
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. The
Tampa family law lawyer at the firm is committed to representing clients in these court proceedings
and providing aggressive litigation when necessary. Contact the firm's
divorce and family law attorney in Tampa today to learn more or to request