Sanford Family Law Attorneys Serving Seminole County FL

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General Family Law Information

Topic: Paternity

The law defines the paternity of a child as the legal recognition of a man’s relationship as the biological parent of a child. Child paternity disputes are raised when there is doubt regarding if a specific man is the biological father of a child, or children.

The request to prove or dispute paternity may be sought by either the man or the mother.

Determining child paternity is often sought when during the course of a marriage or relationship infidelity is suspected or discovered, or in the aftermath of a brief sexual encounter between the man and woman.

Determining or validating the paternity of a child is important because any issue regarding the upbringing and support of a child will be directly impacted by the result. Additionally, a negative paternity result will also relieve a man who is not the biological father from being held financially for a child which is not their own.

In the event the child is born out of wedlock, determining paternity is the only way to legally establish a man as the biological father. In today's age of DNA, simply listing a mans name on the birth certificate is not legally binding for parental rights or support.

Many of these issues involve:

  • The primary residence of the child (or children);
  • Parental time sharing, visitation rights, and schedules;
  • Child support;
  • Parental responsibility - decision making;
  • Standards for parental conduct - how both parents act toward each other & the children;
  • Responsibility or funding for child development programs, daycare, after-school programs, medical care, and college funds;
  • Grounds for parenting plan modifications;
  • Or any other issue which either parent believes may need to be specifically addressed for the best interest of the child.
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