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Why and how to establish paternity in Florida for a child

A child often gets his or her sense of self from those closest to him or her. If a child is uncertain as to who his or her father may be, this can have a detrimental effect on one's self perception. This is just one reason why it may benefit all of the parties involved when attempting to prove paternity in the state of Florida.

When a child is born, there is no doubt as to who is the mother of that child. Unless a mother is proved to be an unfit parent, she will likely never face any challenges to her role in her child's life. However the same cannot be said for the father -- especially if the parents were unmarried at the time of the child's birth. There are many good reasons why a man would want to provide proof that he is the biological or legal parent of the child in question. The first reason may be to have his name listed on the birth certificate.

Once testing shows that the man in question is the parent of a child, all parties can derive benefits from it. The father will now have the right to petition for custody rights or visitation in the event that there is a divorce or other family change. The child will also have the right to be included in any insurance plans and benefits that either parent may own. 

A father can receive paternity rights if the parents of a child marry after the birth of that baby and the mother attests to the man being the biological parent of said child. Otherwise, either the man or a court may request that genetic testing be conducted to provide scientific evidence of the biological relationship. Because paternity can play such an important role in matters concerning custody and child support in Florida, parents who need this information can seek assistance from an experienced family law professional.

Source: floridarevenue.com, "Establishing paternity", Accessed on Sept. 7, 2017

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