A man may voluntary affirm that he is the father of a child, or paternity can be established through a test ordered by the Court.
Once the paternity of a child has been legally established, the court will order the exchange of child support for the benefit of the child. At the Bowes Law Group we have extensive experience in paternity cases and represent both fathers and mothers. We will work to resolve your case and related matters arising from paternity such as child support, custody, and visitation in an efficient cost-effective manner.
Paternity and Child Support
Once the paternity of a child has been legally established, the father can be ordered to pay child support. He also becomes responsible for past child support.
The adjudication of paternity and the issuance of a child support order are two separate actions, each presenting different legal issues. The court will create a parenting plan, just as it would in a divorce case. A parenting plan is an order outlining the timesharing of their children. It takes into account arrangements such as who has the children on which days; who makes major decisions about the children’s education, health, etc.; and what to do if any party’s situation significantly changes. Ultimately, it is best for the parents to work together to come up with a parenting plan. However, if the parents cannot agree to a parenting plan, Florida courts require the parents to participate in mediation before a court will make a final decision in the matter. Florida also requires the parents to complete a parenting class that complies with the requirements of the county where the case has been filed. We will effectively advise you of your rights and the actions you may take to achieve your goals.
Paternity, Custody and Visitation
Courts decide every custody and visitation question in favor of what they determine to be the “best interest of the child.” We represent mothers and fathers in custody and visitation actions. We understand the legal issues in these matters and the criteria judges use to make their decisions, and will work to achieve your goals.
Contact us today to learn more about your paternity and child support rights.