Many of us have seen talk shows that feature dramatic tests from women seeking to determine whether a man is or isn’t the father of her child. While this might make for compelling daytime television, it is actually an important matter of law. Establishing paternity in Florida allows a woman to potentially collect child support, for instance, so it is important to understand just how paternity is established. A West Palm Beach Paternity Attorney can help you establish paternity if there is some question about whether a man is or is not the father.
When a child is born to a married couple, the man is legally the father of the child and has all the rights and responsibilities of fatherhood. If he has some doubt that he is, in fact, the father, the burden of proof is on him to prove this fact.
When a child is born outside of wedlock, the mother will need to legally establish paternity of the child. If the father signs an Acknowledgment of Paternity, he will then be legally considered the father. A judge can also establish paternity in court. In many cases, however, a genetic DNA test is done to determine if a man is the father of the child. A West Palm Beach Paternity Attorney can explain exactly what is needed to legally establish paternity via DNA testing.
At the Law Offices of James S. Cunha we have helped many clients establish paternity. We know how important it is for a child to have a father in his or her life and we will work to make sure the right man is found. To speak with a West Palm Beach Paternity Attorney, contact the Law Offices of James S. Cunha right away.