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Paternity Cases

Paternity must first be established to gain legal rights...

 
 

Overview

 
 

Paternity actions in Florida are governed by Section 742, Florida Statutes.  Any woman who is pregnant or has a child, any man who has reason to believe that he is the father of a child, or any child may bring proceedings to determine the paternity of the child when paternity has not already been established.  If the parties are unable to agree, the court shall determine the issues of paternity and all related issues issues, including child support and an appropriate parenting plan/time-sharing schedule.  Other fees or costs, such as medical, hospital/childbirth expenses, and/or attorney fees, may also be awarded and the parties could be required to submit to scientific testing to show a probability of paternity.  It is important to remember that in Florida, even if an unmarried father’s name is on the birth certificate, paternity must first be established to gain legal rights as the child’s father.