5 Ways to Establish Paternity in Florida

5 Ways to Establish Paternity in Florida

In the state of Florida, if mothers are married at the time of her child’s birth, her husband is the child’s legal father. If the mother is unmarried at the time of her child’s birth, paternity may be established afterward. Learn five ways to establish paternity in the state of Florida.

Establishing Paternity in Florida

There are five ways to establish paternity in Florida, including the following:

  • Marriage. The husband is considered the legal father when parents are married at the time of the child’s birth.

  • Legitimation. This occurs when the parents are married after the birth of the child and update the birth record.

  • Administrative order based on genetic testing. Paternity is ordered if a DNA test determines who the father is.

  • Establishing paternity through a court order. A judge can order paternity in court in some instances.

  • Acknowledgment of paternity. An unmarried couple can order paternity in court in some instances.

Establishing paternity benefits both mother and father. When paternity is established, mothers are able to claim child support payments and fathers may receive visitation rights.

Whether you are a mother or a father looking to establish paternity, our Jacksonville family law attorneys can provide experienced legal guidance to help you through the process. We have assisted mothers, fathers, and couples throughout Florida in establishing paternity. Our team can help you establish paternity and assert your parental rights, no matter how complicated your case may seem.

Contact Owenby Law, P.A. at (904) 770-3141 to learn how we can help you.

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