Tampa Family Law Attorney on Establishing Legal Paternity
Nilo J Sanchez & Associates are experienced Family Law Attorneys in Tampa who provide sound, caring representation. If you have been named in a paternity lawsuit or if you need immediate assistance with establishing legal paternity, please call 813-879-4600 for a consultation.
Nilo J. Sanchez & Associates has over 25 years of experience representing clients in family law matters, including paternity actions in Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas County, Florida.
The Importance of Establishing Paternity Florida
Paternity laws are covered under Florida statute 742.10. When children are born out of wedlock in Florida, the mother is under no obligation to offer timesharing to the child’s biological father. Aside from timesharing, there are other benefits to establishing paternity in Florida. Either the mother or a child’s biological father can initiate a paternity action in family court. Establishing legal paternity in Florida offers parents and children benefits such as;
Timesharing – Establishes a court order for custody/timesharing. This helps to protect your parental rights. Although you may have an amicable relationship with the parent of your child now, things can change. Without a court order, timesharing cannot be enforced.
Medical History of Biological Father – Establishing paternity allows the child access to both parent’s medical history.
Social Security Benefits – Children of parents who have established paternity are entitled to Social Security benefits as well as veterans benefits of both parents.
Insurance – Paternity must be established to cover a minor child under a father’s plan.
Child Support – In Florida, both parents are to be financially responsible for their children. When paternity is established, an order of support will most likely be set. Either parent can be ordered to pay child support in Florida.
Parental Relocation – Mothers can relocate anywhere they choose including out of the State of Florida. They do not need the biological father’s permission or the court’s permission. This can quickly become extremely problematic for both the father and the mother as Florida Courts do retain Jurisdiction for 6 months.
- Read: Florida Retains Jurisdiction for 6 Months Parental Relocation
- Read: Relocating without First Establishing Paternity
- Read: DNA Testing and Establishing Paternity in Tampa Bay, FL
Family Law & Paternity Lawyer – Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas County Florida
If you have been served with a petition to establish paternity or if you would like to schedule a consultation to go forward with establishing legal paternity in Tampa Bay, please call our family law firm at (813) 879-4600 for a consultation or message us below.