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Paternity, Shared Parental Responsibility And Single Parent Rights

Why Is Establishing Paternity Important?

Paternity is important in a few respects.

First, it is the first step in establishing a healthy relationship between parent and child. When children know they are part of a family, they are likely to be more secure about who they are and where they come from. This also gives a child the chance to learn about and appreciate his or her cultural heritage.

Secondly, paternity is required by the state of Florida so that both parents share the obligation of child support. Legal parents are required to support their children until they reach the age of majority (18 in Florida), or later in special circumstances.

Additionally, paternity establishes a father's legal right to custody and/or time-share privileges, as well as the right to participate in major decisions in the child's life. Establishing paternity can also keep the mother from relocating with the child, absent agreement or court order, if this would adversely affect the father's time-share rights.

Experienced Representation To Assist With The Process

At the Law Offices of Jerome P. Ventura, P.A., we understand how determining paternity can be essential in resolving child support and custody disputes.

Our founding attorney, Jerome Ventura, understands the nuances of paternity laws and procedures needed to determine the father of a child and the associated rights and obligations. With over two decades of experience, he has handled many of these and other family law matters.

If you need assistance, contact our office for an initial limited consultation at no charge. Call 954-399-5850 or complete the contact form on this website. Evening appointments are available.