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The Family Matters Law Firm in Miami, FL helps to establish paternity, whether there is a question of child support, involvement of an alleged or claimed parent in the child’s life, or simply a need for verification of the father or parental rights.
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Establishing Paternity in South Florida

While the law naturally establishes the rights of the mother, knowing for certain the legal identity of the father when the mother isn’t married can be difficult. Courts can establish paternity of a woman’s husband as the presumed father, but establishing paternity outside of marriage could require additional steps.

If you wish to establish paternity in or around Miami, FL, turn to the experienced paternity law team at The Family Matters Law Firm. We have over 30 years of combined experience helping to establish paternity help children to enjoy involvement and support from their fathers so they may benefit from both parents in their lives.

Why Prove Paternity?

A putative (alleged or claimed) father may want to prove he is the biological father of a child for several reasons, including:

  • He may have benefits he could provide for the child, such as health insurance or government benefits.
  • He may wish to leave an inheritance for his child when he passes away.
  • He may want to pursue a court order for time-sharing, physical custody, or legal custody of his child.
  • He may want to be sure he is the biological father of the child before paying child support.

How to Establish Paternity in Florida

The state will presume that the husband is the biological father when a married woman gives birth to a child. However, if the father is not married to the mother, there are two options.

  • If you and your partner are in a relationship, you can both sign an agreement to establish legal paternity of the father.
  • If both the biological mother and the putative (alleged) father are not in a relationship and either party wants to establish paternity, either can file an action to have the court name the putative (alleged) father as the legal father to the child.

The statute of limitations to file for paternity of a child in Florida is until the child turns 22 years old.

How to Disprove Paternity in Florida

If a child’s mother names you as the alleged father to claim child support, you may wish to disprove paternity. Contact our office at The Family Matters Law Firm to schedule a strategy session and speak with a paternity lawyer about your options for disproving paternity.

If you consent to a DNA test, then you can establish for sure whether or not you are the father. If you don’t wish to consent to a DNA test, you may have other options to disprove paternity, including travel records, phone and text logs, and witness testimony. A paternity attorney with our firm can help you dispute a mother’s claims for child support.

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Why Choose The Family Matters Law Firm ?

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Legal concerns with family can cause intense stress and have far-reaching effects. This can be especially true when children are involved. You also have a lot of financial interests in a family law case, so you must partner with the right attorney. The team at The Family Matters Law Firm is the right choice for these reasons:

  • We understand family. The Family Matters Law Firm offers our clients a family-friendly environment. We understand how delicate legal issues are with spouses, partners, and children.
  • We speak Spanish. Language barriers shouldn’t be a problem when you work with our firm. We speak Spanish and can understand your personal concerns.
  • We have the experience and skills. Family law is not something anyone should take lightly. Our attorneys have been practicing law for more than 20 years. We understand the critical aspects of family law and the essential steps with each case.

Child Support and Paternity in Florida

One key reason to establish paternity of a child is to secure child support if the mother does not want to maintain a relationship or live in the same home. The state must recognize legal paternity before the mother can request child support.

If a man marries the mother within 300 days of the child’s birth, the state will presume paternity. The state will also presume that this man contributes to the household and child-raising expenses if he lives together with the mother and his presumptive child.

If paternity is established and the father does not marry or live with the mother, the mother could pursue child support. Contact The Family Matters Law Firm to schedule a strategy session to discuss options for your paternity or child support case.

The Difference Between a Legal Father and a Biological Father in Florida

The biological father and legal father are not always the same person. The biological father is the individual who contributed the sperm to conceive the child. The legal father is either the presumptive father by marriage or the established father by adoption or written agreement.

Some instances when the two could be different may involve fertility treatments such as in vitro fertilization (IVF), pregnancy during a separation or divorce, or infidelity. If any of these may be factors in your case, you may wish to discuss the implications with a paternity lawyer. We welcome your call.

To determine how to establish or dispute paternity in your case, contact us at The Family Matters Law Firm in Miami, FL. Call today to schedule a strategy session with an experienced paternity attorney.

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