Wednesday, 27 August 2014 00:00

Declaration of Paternity

Establishing Paternity

When the parents of a child are not married at the beginning of the pregnancy or at the birth of the child, the father is legally without the rights and responsibilities of a parent. The father, mother must seek a declaration of paternity is necessary to legally establish a parent-child relationship with the father.  Until paternity has been established, a father has no legally enforceable rights and the mother is the decision maker for the child.  The formality of DNA testing is usually not necessary in these cases, but is an option if there is a dispute or uncertainty about the identity of the biological father. 

Child support is directly affected by time sharing with a child, and may not be factored into calculations if the case that is limited to support issues.  If you spend significant time with your child, it should be considered in the support calculation.      

Benefits of Establishing Paternity

By establishing paternity, you will give your child the rights and benefits enjoyed by children born to married parents:

  • Legal proof of each parent’s identity.
  • Information regarding family medical history (in case of inherited health problems).
  • Medical or life insurance from either parent (if available).
  • Financial support from both parents, including child support, Social Security, veterans benefits and military allowances (if applicable), and inheritance.
Published in Practice Areas

If you need to hire a lawyer in order to protect your rights, you may want to pay a visit to Quattrone Family Law. Your attorney will provide the personal attention that your case requires. We’re available to assist citizens of Tampa and nearby communities while they try to deal with a range of family law matters.

Contact Info

  Quattrone Family Law
16114 N. Florida Ave.
Lutz, FL 33549


 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 9.00 am to 5.00 pm