Fort Lauderdale Paternity Attorney
When a child is born to unmarried parents, the father is not legally the father of the child until paternity is established. People are interested in establishing the paternity of a child for various reasons, including child support and child custody.
At the Law Offices of Jodie Bassichis, P.A., we provide experienced legal counsel to mothers and fathers in issues that include establishing paternity, paternity fraud and unwed fathers’ rights. For help with your paternity issue, contact our firm today to arrange your consultation with a lawyer.
Establishing paternity through a paternity test
If there is a dispute to the paternity of a child, a person can establish paternity through paternity tests, such as DNA tests and blood tests. Samples are taken from the mother, the presumed father and the child. Results of the test can take approximately four to six weeks.
Paternity, child support and child custody
Both the mother and father of the child have legal rights after paternity is established. Each party has the right to seek a court order for child support, child custody or visitation. Additionally, the father most likely will be entitled to Shared Parental Responsibility of the minor child and have the equal entitlement to be involved in the child’s life and be a part of the decisions made about the child’s upbringing.
It is important to recognize that the establishment of paternity and support through the Department of Revenue, or another state agency does NOT address issues of visitation and custody. Unfortunately, the public has not been educated as to what process needs to be performed in order to enforce and establish a parent’s rights.
Paternity can be established at any time while the child is still a minor. Paternity cases can be complex and emotional for parents and children alike. Our firm is here to provide you with the experienced legal help you need during this time. Contact us today to arrange your consultation.