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Pensacola Paternity Attorneys

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How the Pensacola court legally identifies and determines whether you are indeed a child’s father is generally referred to as Paternity. Contrary to popular belief, simply signing your child's birth certificate may not actually legally establish your paternity rights. Also, a DNA test is not also required to establish paternity rights under Florida statute. Outlined below are other examples paternity may be establish or presumed in the state of Florida.

Presumed Paternity

Paternity of a child is presumed or acknowledged in the state of Florida when:

  • The child is born within a marriage
  • The father is listed on the birth certificate and marries the child’s mother after the child is born
  • The father signs a voluntary acknowledgment of paternity and the parties have the father's name placed on the birth certificate

Do not hesitate to investigate your parental rights under the law. If you are a biological father who has not pursued your parental rights, prior to another man taking the presumed paternity actions before you have the opportunity, then it is possible under Florida law that you could lose the ability to have your parental rights determined by a Pensacola court of law.

If you or a loved one may be experiencing problems regarding the establishment of your paternity rights, call our Pensacola office today to schedule your same day consultation.

Involuntary Paternity Determination

In some cases, involuntary paternity determination could be established against you even if you have not sought to establish your legal paternity rights. For example, the State of Florida, through the Department of Revenue Child Support Enforcement Unit, or the child's mother, may bring a paternity action against you to involuntarily establish you as the father of her children. Our Pensacola family law litigators are extensively experienced in both types of cases.

If an involuntary paternity determination case is sought against you, you will be summoned by the court to appear before a family law judge or general magistrate. The judge or magistrate may then order a DNA test be conducted, unless you are willing to acknowledge the child is indeed yours. However, if you seek a DNA test be performed and the results determine you are the biological father, you may then be obligated to pay child support to the mother.

Despite what most people think, the involuntary determination of paternity and creation of a child support obligation may not entitle you to any child custody or visitation rights. Your Pensacola family law attorney will ensure that those issues are properly raised on your behalf before the court, and thus addressed simultaneously with the involuntary paternity determination suit. Your Pensacola attorney may need to file a separate complaint or counter petition on your behalf to achieve the right for you to spend time with your child.

No matter what type of paternity case you may be facing, if you have questions regarding custody or child support call our experienced Pensacola paternity attorneys and schedule your consultation today.