When a child is born out of wedlock, it can lead to complex paternity issues. Paternity statutes in Florida help mothers prove who the father of their children is and help fathers claim parental rights. When a father’s name is not on a birth certificate, it is important to establish paternity in a timely manner. Otherwise, the child will not have a legal father.
In the state of Florida, a child does not have a legal father if the mother is not married at the time of birth. Legal paternity must be established for the child. In some cases, the father and mother can sign an acknowledgement of paternity at the hospital. When this does not happen, the process of determining paternity can become more complicated.
There are many benefits that come with establishing paternity, including:
- The child will know who his or her biological parents are.
- The child will have access to the family medical history of both parents, which can prove helpful in the event of an emergency.
- The father’s name will be on the birth certificate.
- Health or life insurance from either parent.
- Financial support may become available from either parent.
- Children can pursue support through Social Security, veteran’s benefits, inheritances and military allowances when the father is established.
There are many cases, however, in which a father doesn’t wish to have a test taken or to sign the birth certificate. In other situations, a mother may need help locating the legal father. These are situations that require legal guidance. A Florida paternity lawyer can help establish paternity and ensure that the rights of the child are protected. These cases are common, but they can become costly and daunting without legal support.
The benefits of establishing a relationship between a legal father and child are significant. Mothers, children and fathers can all benefit by establishing paternity. Mothers can pursue child support, children can grow up knowing their father and fathers can seek at least partial custody if they are established. If you wish to understand your rights, please do not hesitate to speak with a Florida family law attorney at Farah & Farah today.