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Martin County Paternity Lawyers

Establishing the Legal Father of a Child in Jupiter & the Surrounding Areas

At Deckard, Kofsky & Clark, PLLC, our attorneys are experienced in handling complex and emotional legal issues, including paternity cases. There are several types of legal presumptions involving married and/or unmarried parents which may have a significant effect on the paternity of a child. For example, a DNA test and/or who is named on the birth certificate does not always determine paternity. Some legal presumptions have a surprising effect on paternity and could change the outcome of who is legally named as the father.

Call our firm at (772) 238-7231 for a comprehensive consultation.

If a child is born outside of a marriage and the mother is involved with another person who treats the child according to the factors below, he may become the child’s legal father without having to prove it using DNA:

  • Accepting the child into his home
  • Treating the child as if they were biologically related
  • Financially and emotionally supporting the child

When to Begin a Paternity Action

A paternity action usually occurs when the parents of a child are not married at the time of birth and wish to legally establish the father. This is because there is no presumption that the male in the relationship is the father. If the parties are married at the time of birth, there is a legal presumption that the husband is the father of the child and his name goes on the birth certificate. This can be inconvenient if the mother married another man while pregnant or engaged in extramarital activities which resulted in the pregnancy.

To start a paternity action, the mother or the alleged father of the child must file a petition for paternity with the court and serve the other party with this document. Once this is completed, the court will order the mother, alleged father, and child to submit to a DNA test.

Voluntary Acknowledgement

The alleged father of the child and the mother can sign a Voluntary Acknowledgement of Paternity form that states the man signing the document is the legal father. Either parent has the right to revoke this document up to 60 days after it is signed, but after this timeframe it becomes legally binding.

Importance of Paternity

It is important to establish the paternity of a child (if possible) to ensure both parents play an active role in the child’s life. For example, single mothers can receive child support from the father of the child or either parent can provide health insurance benefits to support the child.

Other benefits of establishing paternity are:

  • Allowing the father to participate in child custody and/or visitation
  • Helping the child receive possible government benefits
  • Helping the child receive a possible inheritance from the father or his family members

Contact Our Firm Today

At Deckard, Kofsky & Clark, PLLC, our paternity attorneys in Stuart will help you establish the legal father of your child. We will work closely with you throughout your case to ensure you are receiving skilled and fair legal representation.

Call our office at (772) 238-7231 or fill out our online form to get started.

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