Why Establish Paternity?

Why Establish Paternity?

In the state of Florida, if a woman is married at the time of her child’s birth, her husband is the legal father of the child. Many couples, however, are unmarried at the time of their child’s birth. In this case, it benefits both parents and the child to establish legal paternity.

The Benefits of Establishing Paternity

When paternity is established, each parent may petition for child custody and child support. Additionally, paternity can establish visitation rights, health insurance coverage, uncovered medical expenses, and determines who may make decisions regarding the child’s education and medical care.

How to Establish Paternity in Florida

There are several ways to establish paternity in the state of 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. 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 the father of the child.
  • Establishing paternity through a court order. A judge can order paternity in court in some instances.
  • Acknowledgment of paternity. An unmarried couple can declare paternity by signing a document after the child’s birth.

If you are a mother or a father in the state of Florida looking to establish paternity, our Jacksonville paternity lawyers are here to assist you. We have years of experience helping thousands of mothers and fathers establish paternity in this state. No matter how complicated your case may seem, we’re prepared to guide you through this legal process.

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


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