You may want to establish paternity against the Father of your child in order to obtain child support. Or you are the Father of a child and want to establish paternity of a child in order that you may have custody/time-sharing/co-parenting with that child. An attorney can assist and represent you in pursuing these goals.
- Establishing Paternity and Setting up Time Sharing or Co-Parenting along with Establishing Child Support
- Defending Paternity
Establishing Orlando Paternity
You may be a Mother that wants to establish paternity against the Father of your child in order to obtain child support. Or, you may be the Father of a child, and you want to establish paternity of that child in order that you may have custody/time-sharing/co-parenting with that child. An attorney can assist you and represent you in pursuing your goals in these matters.
The Paternity statute is F. S. 742.10. You may establish paternity under F. S. 742.10 by the following:
- If paternity was established within an adjudicatory hearing brought under the statutes governing inheritance, or dependency under workers’ compensation or similar compensation programs.
- If an affidavit acknowledging paternity or stipulation of paternity is executed by both parties and filed with the clerk of court. The affidavit must be sworn under oath subject to perjury with 2 witnesses to each signature.
- If an affidavit, a notarized voluntarily acknowledgment of paternity, or voluntary acknowledgement of paternity that is witnessed by 2 individuals and signed under the penalty of perjury as provided in F. S. 382.013 or F.S. 382.016 is executed by both parties.
- If paternity is adjudicated by Department of Revenue as provided in F. S. 409.256.
Until paternity is established in domestic court, the Mother has sole custody to the child. That is why it is important to establish paternity in domestic court. If you and your girlfriend were living together and now have separated, you need to file a paternity action in domestic court in order to protect your legal rights to the child. You will need to establish paternity. You will need to establish a time sharing and visitation schedule with the child. You will need to pay the appropriate child support for the child. This will prevent the Mother from threatening to keep the child from you currently, or in the future. An attorney can help you in these circumstances.
Defending Orlando Paternity
If someone has filed a paternity action against you, and you believe that you are not the father of the child, you may request a DNA test. A DNA test will determine if you are the Father of the child or not the Father of the child. An attorney can help you with defending yourself in court.