Finding Answers To Questions Of Paternity
Florida courts have started recognizing the importance of having both parents involved emotionally, physically and financially in a child’s life. Whenever a paternity issue arises, the Law Office of Pamela M. Gordon P.A. is here to help you find answers. We assist both mothers and potential fathers with the legal aspects of establishing paternity.
Attorney Pamela M. Gordon has over 23 years of legal experience and has helped countless families through various difficult family law matters. She understands the paternity process in Florida. When you need answers, the Law Office of Pamela M. Gordon P.A. is the place to start.
Paternity Services For Fathers And Mothers
We represent both men and women in paternity actions. Our male clients are looking to either:
- Establish their parental rights in order to pursue their time-sharing rights
- Prove that they are not the biological father of a child
Most of our female clients are hoping to legally identify the father of their child in order to establish child support obligations. No matter your goal, our lawyer will advocate for your legal rights with discretion and professionalism.
The Legal Process In Florida
When a couple is married at the time of their child’s birth, the law assumes they are both the parents and do not need to take any legal action. If the couple is not married, however, they have several methods for establishing paternity in Florida, including:
- Acknowledgment – If both parents are unmarried at the time of a child’s birth, they can agree to sign a legal acknowledgment identifying the man as the legal father.
- Legitimation – If both parents are unmarried at the time of a child’s birth, but later get married, the law will assume the husband to be the legal father. The parents need to file documents to add him to the child’s birth certificate.
- Court order – Either party may petition the court to determine paternity. The petitioning party then serves notice on the other party. A judge will hear evidence and decide whether to require a genetic test to prove paternity.
- Administrative order – If a paternity test reveals that a man is the father of a child, he may receive an administrative order that legally establishes paternity.
When you meet with Ms. Gordon, she will go through each necessary step in your paternity case with you and explain the method that best fits your situation.