Every child deserves a father — physically, emotionally and legally. While the first two are concerned with a child’s overall growth, the third criteria is also a critical matter. Establishing paternity gives rights and benefits to the father, mother, and the child. It is always best to hire an experienced child support lawyer Broward to file for paternity.
When do you need to file for paternity?
Paternity is automatically established when the child is born to parents who are married to each other. But if the parents are not married, paternity must be established to determine a legal father.
Why should you file for paternity?
Paternity gives all three parties certain legal rights. For the parents, legal paternity is essential when deciding on child support and custodial matters. The child can also benefit in many ways, such as a claim in benefits for health or life insurance, medical aid, social security or military allowances.
At birth: In case the parents are married, the hospital will usually file the father’s name in the birth certificate. If the mother is not married, the father can sign a ‘paternity acknowledgment form’ to establish paternity.
By acknowledgment: If the parents choose not to marry, they can choose to add the father’s name to the birth certificate by filling out form DH-432. If the parents decide to marry the can fill out form DH-743A when applying for a marriage license. In both cases, the form is then sent to the Florida Bureau of Vital Statistics to add the father’s name to the birth certificate.
By court order: There can be contentious cases where paternity must be established by the court. In these cases, you should hire an experienced child support lawyer Broward to ensure you get a fair hearing.