Miami Paternity Attorney
In Florida, the rights and responsibilities of parents are the same whether a child’s parents are married to each other, are divorced or were never married.
Many parents do not realize that the same set of laws that governs child custody, child support, relocation and visitation for divorcing parents also applies to unmarried parents. This lack of understanding can create significant problems for both a mother and father.
The family law practice at the Law Offices of James E. Borras provides legal services to the greater South Florida area including Miami-Dade County, Broward County, Homestead, and Palm Beach County. Please contact me for a free legal consultation.”
Children have rights, too — the right to know who their parents are and the right to have both parents participate emotionally and financially in their lives. We approach paternity issues with the best interests of the child in mind.
Although it is not required, we can arrange for parents to take a DNA test that will establish legal paternity of the child. Either parent can then petition the court for the right to child custody or visitation, and for child support payments.
FATHERS’ RIGHTS ISSUES IN FLORIDA
Our South Florida paternity lawyers can represent either parent in a case to determine the paternity of a child. In most cases, there is no real question as to the father’s identity, but formal establishment of paternity will be necessary to determine how much child support the father must pay. If the alleged father denies paternity, we can help you protect your rights through DNA testing and other relevant evidence. When paternity is not contested, the amount of child support might well be subject to legitimate dispute. The same child support guidelines applied in Florida divorce cases are used to set the amount of payments in paternity cases.
Although a court determining paternity has the authority to resolve child custody and visitation issues as well, many unmarried fathers do not take advantage of their right to ask the court for a formal visitation schedule. In some cases, a father will later discover that the mother can use her control over his access to his child in irresponsible or hurtful ways. If you are a father who would like to stabilize and secure your right to see your children under a formal visitation schedule, together with enforcement rights in the event of the mother’s interference, we can prepare and present your petition to the family court.
While we represent both mothers and fathers in paternity cases, we are especially happy to help unmarried fathers become more closely involved in the lives of their children when they are ready to do so. To learn more about Florida paternity, child custody, and the rights of unmarried parents, contact the experienced Miami paternity attorneys at the Borras Law Firm.
Please note, all information herein is provided for general informational purposes only. The information herein is not intended as legal advice and should not be relied upon as such. Different factual scenarios may yield different results. In addition, several other factors must be considered in each individual case, and those factors can only be ascertained by speaking directly to an attorney.