When a child or children are born to parents who are not married, the mother is considered to be the sole legal guardian of the child under Florida Law. In order to establish parental rights and responsibilities of the parents, a paternity case can be filed in court.
As in divorce cases, paternity cases can be uncontested or contested. An uncontested paternity case requires that both parties are in agreement with a time-sharing and parenting plan. A contested paternity case is when the parties are not in agreement with a time-sharing and parenting plan.
Whether your paternity case is uncontested or contested, having an experienced Family Law Attorney like Efrain Aponte representing you to guide you through the process and exploring solutions to resolve the issues can benefit the outcome of your paternity case.
If a mother is left to support and raise a child on her own, it stands to reason that a child support order would benefit her and her child. Additionally, the alleged father may have health insurance benefits that are available for the child.
Aside from the benefit of having a father’s involvement, a child may also be entitled to government benefits if the dad is disabled or a veteran. The child would also be entitled to inherit from the father’s estate.
If the parents are not on good terms, the alleged father may need court orders for his share of parenting time.
If you are a mother seeking to establish paternity for your child, we can help you. By establishing paternity, you can get the financial support your child needs and help them have access to benefits and other important provisions for which they may be eligible. If the child’s father is being uncooperative, we can help develop a legal strategy to get your paternity case resolved.
If you are a father seeking to establish paternity, we can help guide you through the process as well as how this will affect both your financial responsibilities and future relationship with your child. We can answer your child support questions and help you understand what will happen next. We will explore all your options so you can have a positive presence in your child’s life. If the child’s mother is being uncooperative, we can help explore solutions to get your paternity case resolved.
Affordable Law Associates is here to help. You can call our office at (772) 236-6949 or email us at info@AffordableLawAssociates.com regarding your paternity issues.
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