Paternity

When the parents of a child were not married to each other at the time the child was born, then paternity must be established. Otherwise, the child does not have a legal father. Until that happens, the mother has sole legal rights over the child.

Unwed fathers can protect their parental rights by signing a notarized voluntary acknowledgment of paternity. This must be witnessed by two individuals and signed under penalty of perjury—or by The Department of Revenue Child Support Enforcement. However, that is usually done for child support purposes. DNA tests are the primary means of establishing the father’s identity. 

Establishing paternity allows you to set a parenting plan which will include a time-sharing schedule for the child and seek a court order for child support.

If the parents of a child were not married to each other at the time that the child was born then the child does not have a legal father unless paternity is established. In Florida, the Mother has sole legal rights over the child until paternity is established.

Paternity can be established by operation of law should the father sign a notarized voluntary acknowledgment of paternity or voluntary acknowledgment of paternity, which is witnessed by two individuals and signed under penalty of perjury, or by the Department of Revenue Child Support Enforcement for child support purposes only, or by a court of law after a DNA test establishes the identity of the father. 

Establishing paternity gives you the ability to set a parenting plan which will include a time-sharing schedule for the child as well as seek a court order for child support.

When the parents of a child were not married to each other at the time the child was born, then paternity must be established. Otherwise, the child does not have a legal father. Until that happens, the mother has sole legal rights over the child.

Unwed fathers can protect their parental rights by signing a notarized voluntary acknowledgment of paternity. This must be witnessed by two individuals and signed under penalty of perjury—or by The Department of Revenue Child Support Enforcement. However, that is usually done for child support purposes. DNA tests are the primary means of establishing the father’s identity. 

Establishing paternity allows you to set a parenting plan which will include a time-sharing schedule for the child and seek a court order for child support.

If the parents of a child were not married to each other at the time that the child was born then the child does not have a legal father unless paternity is established. In Florida, the Mother has sole legal rights over the child until paternity is established.

Paternity can be established by operation of law should the father sign a notarized voluntary acknowledgment of paternity or voluntary acknowledgment of paternity, which is witnessed by two individuals and signed under penalty of perjury, or by the Department of Revenue Child Support Enforcement for child support purposes only, or by a court of law after a DNA test establishes the identity of the father. 

Establishing paternity gives you the ability to set a parenting plan which will include a time-sharing schedule for the child as well as seek a court order for child support.