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When Are Paternity Proceedings Needed?
Paternity proceedings in Florida are frequently necessary to legally identify the father of a child. When an unmarried couple has a child, establishing paternity is often necessary to establish a legal relationship between the father and child.
Mothers may seek a paternity action in order to obtain child support. For men, a paternity proceeding may be necessary to assert father’s rights, including parenting time. Often, a father and child will have had a relationship before a paternity action becomes necessary.
Under Florida law, an unwed mother is presumed to be the custodial and sole legal parent, even when the parents agree to raise the child together. Disagreements over parenting time or financial considerations between the parents often result in a paternity action.
Let Us Help You Through The Process
The law provides clear paths for establishing paternity. Our law firm is well-equipped to assertively and efficiently help fathers or mothers in paternity matters. Our founding lawyer formed Sarah Baker Sultenfuss, P.A., to help people resolve family law disputes with efficiency. We can advise you on all aspects of Florida paternity law, including:
- The use of DNA testing in establishing paternity or parentage
- Child support orders related to paternity actions
- Parenting plans or child-sharing schedules
Paternity lawyer Sarah Baker Sultenfuss has substantial experience in all aspects of family law. She is a skilled trial attorney with a track record of producing effective results for clients. Our law firm is devoted to serving the best interests of our clients with sound legal advice and zealous advocacy.