How to Establish Paternity with a DNA Test

How to Establish Paternity with a DNA Test

There are several ways to establish paternity in Florida, including a DNA test result determining the father of the child. Get the facts on establishing paternity through this method so you can make an informed decision on behalf of your child.

Florida Paternity Laws

If a woman is married at the time of her child’s birth, her husband is the legal father of the child. If a woman is unmarried during the birth, she is presumed to have full parental rights and custody. The father, on the other hand, must file an action in court to establish his legal rights, including visitation rights and the ability to make decisions regarding the child’s care and future.

Five ways to establish paternity in Florida include the following:

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

  • Legitimation. The father and mother 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 certain situations.

  • Acknowledgment of paternity. An unmarried couple can declare paternity by signing a document after the birth.

Paternity Testing

Paternity testing is one of the simplest of the above methods to establish paternity. You can get a paternity test from a local clinic or testing facility. Additionally, many convenience stores carry home paternity tests. However, the results of home paternity tests are not admissible in court.

DNA paternity tests involve collecting and examining a small sample of bodily fluid from the child and potential father—usually cells from a cheek swab or blood sample. Results are typically available in five to 10 days and have a 99.9% accuracy.

Need Help Establishing Paternity? Contact Us Today

Establishing paternity benefits fathers, mothers, and children. Mothers can obtain child support, and fathers gain visitation rights and the ability to make decisions regarding the child’s care. At Owenby Law, we have assisted numerous mothers, fathers, and couples throughout Florida establish paternity.

If you need help with a paternity matter in Florida, contact Owenby Law, P.A. at (904) 770-3141 for a consultation with our team today.


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