Paternity in Florida

The legal action of identifying the child’s father, paternity in Florida is crucial to know what the father’s right entail. Defining who the legal father is can determine visitation rights, custody, and child support obligations. In some cases, a paternity test is used to disprove fatherhood as well, waiving that person’s obligations legally to the child. With more than 30 years of experience, Linda Jaffe, P.A. at the Divorce & Mediation Center of Florida works thoroughly and swiftly through the paternity process, resolving visitation agreements, child custody arrangements, and child support disputes with the best interest of the child in mind.

Establishing Paternity in Florida Attorney
Paternity Attorney in Broward County, FL
Child-First Approach

Considering Paternity Actions

There are multiple reasons to consider paternity actions. Mothers typically file to establish obtain child support from the legal father. Fathers file paternity suits to create a legal parent-child relationship or to obtain visitation with the child. In some cases, father’s wish to dispute the paternity of a child and to have all support and obligations waived.

The Father’s Legal Rights

Petition to Establish Paternity


In the state of Florida, when a child is born and the parents are already married, paternity to the married father is automatic. However, when the couple is unmarried, a Petition to Establish Paternity must be filed for the father to obtain any legal rights to the child. Filing this paternity is essential in helping a mother receive child support. Additionally, it may be an advantage to the father to receive visitation, health insurance coverage for a child through an employer, and the ability to have a part in the major decisions concerning the child. Linda Jaffe, P.A. and the Divorce & Mediation Center of Florida are experienced in the petition process and aiming the client in the direction needed to best support the child.

Handling the Paternity Quickly and Correctly


Ensuring you are handling the paternity in an optimal way for your child, Linda Jaffe, P.A. and her caring team at the Divorce & Mediation Center of Florida is knowledgeable in the process of acquiring the paternity and the multiple possible lasting outcomes. Your concern for you and your child’s future is a top priority, and moving you through a seemingly harrowing process is what we are here for. Achieving the right results the first time is crucial to having contentment and security when considering your child’s future. Contact us for any paternity questions or needs for expert guidance.

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