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Paternity is the legal process for establishing the identity of a child’s biological father. Uncontested paternity cases typically involve both parties agreeing on a child’s parentage. A contested paternity action occurs when one party disputes the biological connection.

Once paternity is established, it gives the father certain rights and responsibilities, such as timesharing, child support, and the ability to make decisions regarding a child’s health, education, and upbringing. In addition, the child gains access to benefits such as inheritance rights, knowledge of her father’s medical history, veteran’s benefits, and a sense of identity.

Whether you are facing a contested or uncontested paternity action, Earl Harmon Law, P.A., is committed to providing you with the legal guidance and support you need. Attorney Earl Harmon can help you navigate this pivotal moment in your family’s life.

Uncontested Paternity

In an uncontested paternity case, both parties voluntarily acknowledge the biological connection between the father and the child. There is typically no need for a formal legal proceeding in these cases. In Florida, when a married couple has a child, there is a legal presumption that the husband is the child’s father. If a child is born to a single mother and the couple agrees on fatherhood, both parents can sign a Voluntary Acknowledgment of Paternity (VAP). Once this document is completed, the birth certificate can be amended to include the father’s name, establishing a legal relationship.

It is important to note that even in cases of uncontested paternity, it is important to seek legal counsel to ensure that all legal processes are followed correctly.

Contested Paternity

Common reasons for paternity actions are:

  • Doubt of fatherhood due to infidelity
  • Child support disputes
  • Establishing a biological connection for inheritance and property rights
  • Establishing a familial relationship for immigration purposes
  • Timesharing and visitation issues

Contesting paternity begins with one party filing a paternity action with the court. The court will issue a summons to be served on the alleged father, and DNA testing may be ordered to determine a biological connection with a child. Once paternity is established, disputes may arise, related to issues like child support, timesharing, or visitation. A court hearing may address these matters, allowing both parents to present evidence and arguments. A judge will consider the circumstances and issue a court order establishing both parents’ legal rights and responsibilities.

Can DNA Results Be Challenged?

Scientific methods to prove paternity are generally accurate. However, there are instances where a father may dispute the results of a DNA test. There may be evidence of faulty lab results, or the test may have been mishandled. A fraud may have occurred if the father sent another person to complete the DNA testing on his behalf. There may be medical evidence of infertility so that the supposed father could not be the biological father of a child.

Attorney Earl Harmon: Paternity Law Excellence

At Earl Harmon Law, P.A., we understand the significance of establishing fatherhood and its profound impact on the lives of parents and their children. Whether you seek to confirm parentage through uncontested means or a contested paternity action, we are here to protect your rights and the child’s well-being. Let us help you build a secure and stable future.

Contact Earl Harmon Law, P.A., for outstanding legal service that you can trust to guide you through paternity matters with professionalism, dedication, and compassion. Contact us at (352) 973-9699 to schedule a FREE 30-minute phone or video consultation with an attorney who cares

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