Broward Paternity Lawyer
Are You Ready to Enjoy the Benefits and Responsibilities of Parenthood by Legally Establishing Paternity and Looking for The Right Broward County Paternity Attorney Who Covers All the Bases, Does Not Complicate Cases with Extra Billing, Really Cares, and Keeps Focused on the Best Interests of You & Your Child?
- Are you wondering if they’re really your kids?
- Are you a dad who doesn’t get to see your kids?
- Are you concerned that you may have another child that your family does not know about?
Issues of paternity can create high levels of stress and aggravation among all parties involved. Fathers may be frustrated because they are being denied time with their child. Mothers may be annoyed because the father refuses to acknowledge his son or daughter. If you find yourself in such a situation, it is crucial to take the matter to court to establish who the father is. A Judge will not issue an order regarding custody and support until paternity has been established. Handling all the matters in such a case may seem overwhelming. It is highly recommended that you contact our experienced attorneys to assist you.
Why Choose Divorce & Mediation Law Firm?
- Bilingual – Our bilingual law firm is passionate about helping people protect their children and assets during divorce and other family law matters.
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- We Take Complex and Difficult Cases – This is where tenacity and knowledge of the law matter. We do what’s necessary, even in challenging situations.
- Personalized Attention – We understand and respect that every client’s needs are unique. We treat all of our clients with the attention they deserve.
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- Experienced – Our attorneys have had years of experience in handling divorces for doctors, business owners, and executives, and we are 100% dedicated to divorce and family law. Serving individuals with high net worth, our skilled divorce attorneys will protect your assets.
- Because Your Family and Happiness Are at Stake – The smoother and fairer this process goes, the better the post-divorce interactions tend to be. It is better for the children, you, and your ex-spouse.
In Florida, the law assumes that when a child is born to a married woman, the husband is the father. If she is unmarried when the child is born, paternity has to be established either through court order or voluntarily. Legally speaking, having a name on a birth certificate does not establish paternity. Seeking the assistance of Florida legal services can help you determine your situation.
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Legal and Biological Paternity
A legal father is an individual who has legal rights and responsibilities over and to the child, regardless of whether he is the biological father. Biological fathers can become the legal father by way of a paternity action. Suppose a paternity action is filed in a Florida Court, and it is found that the legal father is not the child’s biological father. In that case, the judge will decide whether the child should remain with their non-biological father or with their biological father.
Can You Modify an Existing Paternity Order?
Florida paternity laws allow existing paternity orders to be modified — but only under certain circumstances. Sometimes, original orders may get outdated due to vagueness or a change in circumstance, which is held under higher scrutiny in family law because the original order, including timesharing, is intended to reflect the best interests of the children.
Our family law attorneys work with clients when the need arises for modification of an existing paternity order to establish that there is a substantial change in circumstances in the eyes of the court. Modifications are very complex and require an experienced family law attorney to represent the facts of the case (and any needed changes) appropriately.
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If these things are what you are looking for in a law firm, then contact us to see how we can help you and your family.
Importance of Paternity
It is essential to establish paternity because child support orders can help single mothers raise their child, and alleged fathers might be able to provide health insurance benefits and other support to their child. Additionally, children may be entitled to certain government benefits such as disability or military benefits from their father. Finally, a child is entitled to estate inheritance from their father.
In other cases, men who want to remain an active part of their child’s life may need a paternity test as the foundation for additional court orders such as child custody and visitation rights. Issues like these tend to arise from strained mother-father relationships, disagreements on the child’s religious upbringing, education, and when health care decisions are concerned. Court orders affecting any of the aforementioned cannot be obtained without first establishing paternity.
If a man believes he is not the father of a child, he can contest things like child support by first pursuing a paternity action.
How Long Does a Father Have to Establish Paternity in Florida?
Many fathers will not discover the paternity of a child until well after it is born. Florida statutes recognize that and give fathers the right to file a paternity action from birth up to eighteen years of age. Whether the child is an infant, elementary school age, or a teenager, fathers have a right to file a paternity action so they can be a part of that child’s life.
To be able to file a petition for paternity in the state of Florida, the person has to be a resident of Florida for at least six months.
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