Orlando Paternity Lawyer
Any woman who is pregnant or has a child, or any man who has reason to believe that he is the father of a child, or any child may bring proceedings to determine the paternity of the child when paternity has not been established by law or otherwise.
Paternity and parental rights must be established before you can file a claim for child support, custody/visitation, or parental responsibility. Even if you’re not married, once paternity is established, you should have the same rights as though you are a divorced parent, contact our experienced Orlando paternity lawyers.
If you know you are the father of your minor child and you want to be involved in that child’s life, you should be able to gain access to your child once you have established paternity. If you are a mother who needs child support from your minor child’s father, establishing paternity should allow you to obtain a child support order as well as life insurance on the father for child support.
Generally, if a paternity action is contested, the parties will undergo scientific tests that are generally acceptable within the scientific community to show a probability of paternity. Test results are admissible in evidence, and a statistical probability of paternity of 95 percent or more creates a rebuttable presumption that the alleged father is the biological father of the child. If a party fails to rebut the presumption of paternity which arose from the statistical probability of paternity of 95 percent or more, the Court may enter a summary judgment of paternity. If the test results show the alleged father cannot be the biological father, the case shall be dismissed with prejudice.
If paternity is established, the Court will then decide child support, (including health insurance, day care expenses, and uncovered medical/dental bills) and a time-sharing schedule.
A man is presumed to be the biological father if:
- The minor was conceived or born while the father was married to the mother;
- The minor is his child by adoption;
- The minor had been established by court proceeding to be his child;
- He has filed an affidavit of paternity by acknowledging paternity in conjunction with the child’s mother at the hospital at the time of child’s birth or by subsequently filing an acknowledgement of paternity in conjunction with the child’s mother with the State Office of Vital Statistics both of which constitutes the establishment of paternity as provided for in section 742.10, Florida Statutes.
Contact Our Experienced Orlando Paternity Lawyers Today
If you are in need of representation on a paternity case, contact a knowledgeable Orlando Family Law Attorney for immediate legal direction. The Donna Hung Law Group uses an aggressive and practical approach to client representation throughout Orlando and surrounding areas.
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