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It can be scary when you split with your partner and realize you have no right to your own child because you weren’t married. You might be frustrated with the laws or scared you might not get to see your children again. Luckily, establishing paternity with the courts can be a simple process and our paternity lawyers in Naples can help you establish your rights.

Call (239) 309-2006 or contact us online to schedule a consultation with a Naples paternity lawyer from Law Offices of Cavanaugh & Cavanaugh, P.A.

Who Can File for a Paternity Suit and What Is the Process?

In Florida, a Petition to Adjudicate Parentage may be filed by the alleged father of the child, the mother of the child, the State, and the legal representative who is assigned to act on behalf of the child. When the petition is filed, the judge will order a DNA test to determine the biological father of the child.

Why Should I Establish Paternity?

Under Florida law, if you and your partner had a child without being married and then split up, the father does not have any rights until paternity is established by the court.

Reasons to establish paternity:

  • When you have paternity, you will be able to be more present in your child's life because you will have legal rights to your child.
  • You will be able to share the responsibility and cost of raising your child with the mother.
  • Your child will be entitled to inherit your assets, social security, life insurance, medical insurance, and veteran's benefits (if applicable)

Does Signing a Birth Certificate Establish Paternity in Florida?

No, having your name on your child’s birth certificate is not enough to establish paternity. You would still need to have the court declare you the father.

What is a Voluntary Acknowledgement?

You and the mother of your child can sign a voluntary acknowledgement of paternity form which states that you are the father. A voluntary acknowledgement becomes legally binding after 60 days. If either party can prove extreme force or fraud was used then the voluntary acknowledgement can be revoked within 60 days of signing.

What Rights Do I Have if I am Not the Biological Father?

If you are not the biological father you can still sign a voluntary acknowledgement if the mother of your child consents. If you believe you deserve rights to a child that is not biologically your own our attorneys can help.

Speak With a Paternity Lawyer in Naples Today

At Law Offices of Cavanaugh & Cavanaugh, P.A. our team of Naples paternity attorneys can guide you through each step and file the necessary paperwork and documentation through the courts. Backed by more than four decades of experience, you can feel confident that our team will help you overcome any potential obstacles you may face.

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