Establishing Paternity in Florida

dlugoA child born to parents that are married to each other has a legal father. Married parents and their child get all the rights and benefits of having a legal father which include:

  • Information on family medical history
  • Identity of his or her father
  • Father’s name is on the birth certificate
  • Health or life insurance from either parent, if available
  • Support from both parents, like child support and medical support
  • Get Social Security or veteran’s benefits, military allowances and inheritances.

A child does not have a legal father if the mother is not married when the child is born and legal paternity has to be established for this child. According to the Florida Department of Revenue, there are five ways to establish paternity in the State of Florida:

  • Marriage: The parents are married to each other when the child is born
  • Acknowledgement of Paternity: The unmarried couple signs a legal document in the hospital when the child is born, or later
  • Administrative Order Based on Genetic Testing: Paternity is ordered if a genetic test proves fatherhood
  • Court Order: A judge orders paternity in court
  • Legitimation: The mother and natural father get married to each other after the child is born and update the birth record through the Florida Office of Vital Statistics

Establishing Paternity gives both parents the legal right to:

  • Get a child support order
  • Get a court order for visitation or custody
  • Have a say in legal decisions about the child

If you need to establish paternity or you have been sued to establish paternity you may need legal help. At D’Lugo and DeFlora, P.A. we approach the practice of family law from a much different perspective than other Osceola County law firms, we do so from YOUR perspective.

Call us at 407.870.5551 to discuss your specific case. You can also visit us online at



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