Paternity in Florida
When a paternity action is brought, we work to ensure that both of the parents understand their separate responsibilities to the child or children involved. The parents both have a right to be an active part of their children’s lives along with a corresponding duty to support the children.
A question of paternity frequently arises in one of two ways: a man is attempting to establish his right to visitation or a woman who has given birth is trying to prove paternity to ensure that the correct child support order is created. No matter the situation, establishing parentage of a child not only gives parental rights to the proper father, but also ensures the proper father is given responsibility for child support.
DNA testing technology has drastically improved in recent years. A quick and painless swab from the inside of the cheek can be the key to gaining access to a child or obtaining child support. A member of our firm can explain the DNA testing process and help you request that a test be performed. Once the court has established paternity, the related custody and child support matters can be dealt with.
At the office of Brodie & Friedman, P.A., our attorneys explain the importance of establishing paternity. We have over 30 years of combined experience handling a range of family law matters, including paternity actions. Establishing paternity is essential for unwed couples if they separate and a parent seeks child custody or needs to obtain child support. Fathers’ rights and mothers’ rights, while being equal, need to be determined by a court.
Contact a lawyer at Brodie & Friedman, P.A. today. Your individual case can be assessed by an experienced attorney at our firm. We represent people throughout South Florida, including Coral Springs, Boca Raton, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Boynton Beach, Pompano Beach, and Delray Beach.