Kissimmee Paternity Attorney
Legal paternity can be established in different ways. For example, if two people are married when a child is born, the husband is automatically presumed to be the father of the child. However, when two parents are not married, it can be more complicated to legally establish paternity and it takes affirmative steps to enforce the parental rights and responsibilities of the father. It can be particularly challenging to establish paternity if one party contests the identity of the father.
If you are a mother or a father and you want assistance with any type of paternity case, please call the experienced Kissimmee paternity attorneys at Salazar & Kelly Law Group, P.A. today. We have helped many clients establish paternity and achieve the best possible results for their child.
Reasons to Establish Paternity
If two parents are not married and no steps were taken to establish paternity, Florida law technically considers the child to be without a legal father. The following are only some of the reasons why you may want to take the necessary steps to establish legal paternity:
- For the father – Generally speaking, parents have the rights to spend time and develop a relationship with their child. Without legal paternity established, you do not have this legal right. This means that your child’s mother could decide to keep you from seeing your children at any time and could even move away with your child without your permission. By establishing paternity, you may also seek shared physical and legal custody of your child, which will allow you to spend time with them as well as be involved in making important decisions about their lives.
- For the mother – Many mothers want to establish paternity so their children can know who their legal father is. However, there are other incentives to establish legal paternity, as well. Along with parental rights, fathers also have parental responsibilities, including financial support of their child. Once paternity is established, the court may order the legal father to pay child support until the child is 18 years old.
Ways to Establish Paternity
There are different ways to establish paternity if parents are not married. The simplest way is to sign an Acknowledgement of Paternity in the hospital after the birth and file it with the Florida Center for Vital Statistics. If this form is not signed, you will need to request a judgment of paternity from the courts. If both parents agree to the established paternity, the case can be over with relative ease, however, parents will then face child custody and child support cases. If paternity is contested by either parent, you will have to present evidence in support of your claims, which can include up to a DNA test.
Contact Our Kissimmee Paternity Attorneys For Help Today
Establishing legal paternity is very important in many situations. If you have any questions about paternity or want to seek legal paternity for your child, please contact the Kissimmee paternity lawyers at Salazar & Kelly Law Group, P.A. as soon as possible for more information.