In Florida, there are two ways by which you can establish paternity – first, you are married, and your child is born from that marriage. Second, through the court system. Signing a birth certificate does not establish any rights of being a father. To establish paternity, either the mother or father should file a petition to establish paternity with the court. In the petition, you can request the court to determine the paternity. Through paternity, your child or children entitled to
Family medical history information
Health insurance and support from parent
Relationship benefits such as social security and military allowance
At the law office of Renee Safier Harris, we represent and defend clients in paternity and legitimation actions. Contact us for answers to questions you have about your relationship to a child. Our firm represents clients throughout South Florida, including Broward County and Palm Beach County.
Questions about the paternity of a child may arise in cases initiated by a mother or a father. A mother can file a paternity action against an alleged father to force him to pay child support. A father can file a petition to legitimate a child to establish his legal relationship with the child.
At the law office of Renee Safier Harris, in Boca Raton, Florida, we represent clients in bringing and defending legitimation and paternity claims. If you are involved in a paternity or legitimation dispute, to schedule an appointment with an experienced family law attorney.