How Is Paternity Established in Florida?
In Florida, Paternity is established two ways:
- A child is born within a marriage
- Paternity is established through the court system in an Establishment of Paternity Case
Who Can File a Paternity Action?
A paternity action can be filed by the following:
- Department of Revenue
- Mother of the child
- Father of the child
- A legal representative acting on behalf of the child
When the Department of Revenue files a paternity action and the father is determined; the father will not receive visitations with the child. The DOR will only issue child support orders.
What Are Some of the Legal Rights I Will Have After Paternity Has Been Established?
- You will have rights to timesharing
- You will be able to make decisions on behalf of your child
- You will have access to medical and school records
Can Paternity Be Commenced Before a Child’s Birth?
Paternity can be commenced before a child’s birth, but the court cannot enter any final order until after the child’s birth.
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