Jacksonville Paternity Attorney
Legal Assistance Establishing Paternity
Paternity is the legal finding that establishes a parental relationship
between a man and a child. If you need help establishing paternity, a
Jacksonville divorce lawyer from Jason K.S. Porter, P.A. can help. We
have many years of experience representing both fathers and mothers in
these matters. Paternity cases can help protect the rights of the individual to:
There are many reasons to establish paternity.
Some specific examples might include:
- A mother wants to establish paternity to prove that a man who denies paternity
and will not pay child support is actually the father of the child.
- A woman states that a particular man is the father. This is untrue, but
the man is now being harassed to pay child support by the state child
support enforcement agency.
- The mother of a child is denying visitation rights to the biological father
and will not allow him to see his child.
- A child needs to prove paternity for inheritance reasons.
Aside from genetic testing, there are many different ways to legally establish
paternity in the state of Florida. According to the Florida Department
of Revenue, marriage is one way. If a man is married to a woman at the
time she gives birth to a child, that man is presumed to be the legal
father of the child, although this can be contested in court.
Acknowledgement is another way to establish paternity, which can be accomplished
by way of an unmarried couple signing a legal document at the hospital
where the child is born.
Other avenues of establishing paternity include:
- Administrative order
- Court order
Legitimation is a process through which the mother and natural father of
a child get married after a child is born and then update the child's
birth records via the Florida Office of Vital Statistics. An attorney
will be able to decipher which option is best for your unique situation.
Benefits of Establishing Paternity
If it is ambiguous who the legal father of a child is, there are many benefits
to legally establishing paternity. While this might seem like an arduous
process on the surface, it is actually fairly simple to handle, especially
with the help of an attorney, and the benefits are numerous.
Listed below are some of the most commonly recognized benefits of determining
- Only a legal parent has the right to obtain a child support order, obtain
visitation or custody rights or have a say in the legal decisions regarding the child
- The child will be able to know who their father is
- The child can gain access to their father's health or life insurance,
- The child will be able to learn about both sides of their family medical history
- The father's name will be included on the child's birth certificate
DNA Testing to Prove Paternity
Paternity is proved by DNA testing. DNA tests can be inclusive or exclusive.
Tests that are inclusive show how likely it is that a man is the father
of a child. An inclusive test establishes paternity to a certainty between
99% and 99.99%. An exclusive test will prove that a man is not the father
of a child with a certainty of 100%.
When parental rights need to be determined, child support established,
or paternity disproved, we can help. Our legal team will use our knowledge
of paternity law and our years of experience to resolve your paternity
and resulting family related concerns, so
contact us today.