How Can Unmarried Parents Establish Paternity in Florida?
If you are not married to the biological parent of your child, then either the mother or biological father can file a paternity action in the state of Florida and allege that the biological father is the legal father of the child. A father must file a paternity action if he was not married to the mother at the time the child was conceived or born. A paternity action will establish parental responsibility, visitation and child support and it will legally establish the father’s rights to the child. Without a final judgment of paternity, the biological father has absolutely no rights in regard to the child. A mother may want to establish the biological father legally as the father of their child, as she may want to obtain financial support for the child. If you are either the father or the mother and you need advice regarding establishing paternity, contact us by email or call us at 813-672-1900 to schedule a free consultation with an experienced Tampa family law attorney at All Family Law Group, P.A.