CLERMONT FAMILY LAW ATTORNEY: PATERNITY
In Florida, when a mother is married and gives birth, the law assumes the child's father is the mother’s husband. But when the mother is unmarried at the time of the child’s birth, paternity must be established, either voluntarily or through a court order.
If the mother and alleged father agree on who the child's father is, they can sign a “Voluntary Acknowledgment of Paternity” form. If there is no voluntary acknowledgment, either the mother or the man who believes he is the father may proceed to court to establish paternity. Under Florida law, any of the following persons or agencies can start the court process:
Aside from the benefit of having a father’s involvement, a child may also be entitled to government benefits if the dad is disabled or a veteran. The child would also be entitled to inherit from the father’s estate.
If you are involved in a Paternity action or need to establish Paternity, contact an experienced Family Law attorney at the Law Offices of Justin Rickman in Clermont, Florida.
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