Florida Paternity Law and Father’s Rights Lawyer
Any woman who is pregnant or has a child, any man who has reason to believe that he is the father of a child, or any child, may bring proceedings in the circuit court to determine the paternity of the child when paternity has not been established by law or otherwise. Paternity cases generally are necessary when the un-married parents of a child disagree on time-sharing, which then necessitates court intervention to establish the father’ legal rights; otherwise, unfortunately in the State of Florida the father is unable to legally exercise his time-sharing rights when the mother objects. This situation is unnecessary when both the mother and father are married at the time the child is born.
Florida Statutes Section 742.12 permits a court to require the child, mother, and the proposed father to submit to DNA testing to find out what the probability is that the father and child are genetically a match.
Generally a paternity action is initiated in order to establish the paternity of the child with his/her father, to establish a parenting plan and time-sharing schedule, and to establish child support of and for the child. Other aspects of a paternity action include establishing a holiday time-sharing schedule, and dividing the payment of medical insurance coverage, extracurricular activities, birth-related expenses, uncovered/non-covered medical expenses, as well as placing the father on the child’s birth certificate, changing the child’s name, and dividing up the dependency exemption for the child.
At the Law Office of David Hurvitz PA, we would be happy to assist you with answering any questions you may have as to the issues addressed above.
David Hurvitz is a highly trained and skilled attorney located in Tampa, Florida. Mr. Hurvitz has worked in a variety of legal areas here in Hillsborough County, Tampa Bay, as well as other jurisdictions in the State of Florida. His experiences have given him a varied and well-rounded background in many aspects of Tampa, FL Law. The firm has represented clients throughout the state of Florida. We are based in Tampa, but we will travel to you if it is more convenient for you. At the Law Office of David Hurvitz PA, we are committed to obtaining the best results for all of our clients.