Helping Fathers Disestablish Paternity in Florida

Jacksonville Family Law Attorneys

Under Florida law, when a child is born to a married couple, the husband becomes the legal father of the newborn. However, there are a number of scenarios where this doesn’t apply. What happens when the mother is dating several men at the time the child was conceived? She may mistakenly declare one of them to be the father, either because she actually believes it or because she perceives him to be the best provider for the child. If you have paternal rights to a child you believe is not yours, and you want to legally terminate your rights and responsibilities, Owenby Law, P.A. can help.

Need to disestablish paternity? Call (904) 770-3141 for a Free Initial Consultation!

How Are Paternal Rights Terminated?

In the state of Florida, a father who has legally acknowledged paternity out of wedlock has sixty days to rescind his admission. After that, terminating paternal rights becomes a lot more difficult.

The legal father must submit:

  • An affidavit to the Florida courts stating that there has been new evidence that has come to light since the initial paternity acknowledgment.
  • Scientific evidence (genetic test) that proves that he’s not the child’s biological father. This can be his own genetic test disproving his paternity or the genetic test of another man demonstrating that that individual is, in fact, the child’s biological father.

Barring this scientific proof, the petitioning father must ask the courts to order a genetic test. Our firm can arrange scientific genetic testing to prove or disprove claims of paternity.

Bringing More Than a Decade of Experience to the Table

Regardless of whether you are in the sixty-day rescission period or it has already lapsed, our skilled law firm can free you from your legal and financial obligations to another man’s child. We also represent mothers who may have misidentified their child’s biological father and erroneously conveyed to him paternal rights. If the courts have ordered you to pay support for a child that you don’t believe is yours, your legal battle begins with the disestablishment of paternity.

Discover your options by speaking with our legal team as soon as possible.