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Filing a Paternity Suit
Finding out the paternity of a child is an important concept in the eyes of the law. Many individuals ask for paternity suits for multiple reasons. A father might ask for a paternity suit to find out if the child in question is actually his or not. A mother might ask for a paternity suit to find out if the child in question is actually his(potential father) or not as well. The purpose of finding out the paternity of the children in question could range from child support to custody and visitation rights.
How do you file for a paternity suit in Florida?
Paternity suits in Florida are used to identify the father of the child in order to establish paternity, time-sharing schedules, and child support agreements. This means that if you are going to court over any of these issues, you need to file a petition to determine paternity. In Florida, this form is 12.983a.
Who can file a paternity suit in Florida?
Either party may file a paternity suit to determine the paternity of a child. Once filed, the respondent has 20 days to respond and answer with either contested or uncontested. If the respondent contests the petition, then either party can file a motion for Scientific Paternity Testing. This is DNA testing that will confirm who the true father is. If the respondent does not contest the paternity, but there are still issues regarding child support, time-sharing, and custody, then a judge will rule on the situation in the best interests of the child or children. If the respondent does not respond, then a default decision will be made.
Why are paternity suits important in Florida?
Paternity suits are extremely important for families with children because establishing the true identity of the father is of utmost importance to finding the best interests of the child or children involved. Finding the true father of the child or children establishes lanes for child support, timesharing, and child custody. It can also clear stand in fathers from these duties if they are found not to be the father of the child or children. Once again, this depends on the judge to decide what is in the best interest of the child or children.
If you need to file a paternity suit in Florida, get in contact with us at the Law office of Mark E. Sawicki. We will be able to help you file your suit and advocate for you. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to get in contact with us.