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Paternity in Pembroke Pines

Helping Fathers Remain with their Children

A father is important in a child’s life. In cases where a father’s identity is unsure or where a custodial parent is seeking to keep a father away from their child, establishing paternity can help the father to use the courts and uphold his rights. With the help of an experienced Pembroke Pines family lawyer, fathers can obtain a more favorable outcome. The Law Office of Jerome P. Ventura offers free consultations to help fathers obtain paternity tests.

Interested in undergoing a paternity test? Call the Law Office of Jerome P. Ventura at (954) 280-6119 to learn how to proceed.

Why Is Establishing Paternity Important?

Florida law specifically states that an unwed mother has complete control over the time-sharing and other factors relating to the child. The fathers have no rights until they file a Paternity action and obtain a court order determining that they are the father of the child. At that time the father then has rights which can be enforced by the court. For a child, knowing who their father is can help them better understand their own lives. For fathers, paternity tests can give them the access they need to be part of their child’s life.

Paternity is important because it helps to establish:

  • Security—This may be 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.
  • Support for the child—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.
  • Establishing fathers' rights—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. By proving their rightful access to their child, the legal system can then prevent the mother from relocating with the child without notice.

Experienced Representation to Assist with the Process

At the Law Office of Jerome P. Ventura, we understand why determining paternity is essential in resolving child support and custody disputes. With over 25 years of experience, we understand the nuances of paternity laws and procedures that are needed to determine the father of a child and the associated rights and obligations.

For a Pembroke Pines family lawyer with over two decades of experience handling these and other family law matters, call (954) 280-6119 now.

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