In Florida, the rights and responsibilities of parents are the same whether a child’s parents are married to each other, are divorced or were never married.
Many parents do not realize that the same set of laws that governs child custody, child support, relocation and visitation for divorcing parents also applies to unmarried parents. This lack of understanding can create significant problems for both a mother and father.
Unless a father establishes legal paternity of his children, for example, their mother can deny him the right to visit his children. She may even try to move the children out of state without his knowledge or consent.
A single mother cannot collect child support from the father of her child until legal paternity has been established.
At The Roberts Family Law Firm, our family law attorneys represent both mothers and fathers seeking to establish paternity and exercise their rights as parents.
Children have rights, too — the right to know who their parents are and the right to have both parents participate emotionally and financially in their lives. We approach paternity issues with the best interests of the child in mind.
Although it is not required, we can arrange for parents to take a DNA test that will establish legal paternity of the child . Either parent can then petition the court for the right to child custody or visitation, and for child support payments.
Whether you need to establish paternit y in order to collect child support payments, to secure the right to see your children or to resolve disputed custody claims, you can rely on the Orlando paternity lawyers of The Roberts Family Law Firm, P.A . for quality legal assistance. Please call us today at (407) 426-6999 or or fill out the online form provided on this page and one of our family law attorneys will contact you as soon as possible. We represent clients throughout Central Florida and have offices in Orlando and Kissimmee. Free parking available on site.