Paternity disputes, especially over fathers rights are very common in divorces and we help clients with them in our family law practice all the time. While Florida law seeks to promote, preserve, and protect the best interest of children involved in any domestic litigation, the father of any minor child, and especially those fathers who are not married to the mother of their child, cannot simply assume that their paternity will be recognized by operation of law in Florida. A paternity action is necessary not only to identify a father as a child’s biological father, but also for the father to assert his right to timesharing, decision-making, and ultimately establish a legal parent/child relationship. While a father and mother’s relationship may start out on solid ground during the birth of their child and a father may not see the need in legally establishing his parental rights, the consequences to the father should his relationship with the child’s mother deteriorate can be devastating without a court order establishing and recognizing the father’s parental rights.
Other Fathers Rights Disputes
Additionally, a mother can file a paternity action against a child’s biological father so that a mother may establish the father’s obligation to pay child support with the State of Florida. At times a mother may attempt to establish that a man is the biological father of her child and that man wishes to dispute the mother’s paternity allegation. If any of these scenarios apply to you, you should not wait to find out your rights under Florida law.
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