A Paternity Action establishes the legal rights and responsibilities of the parents of a child who are not married. It establishes that the father is the legal father, allowing the father access to medical records, educational records, and any other information parents of children are privy to. In a paternity action the financial responsibilities as well as time – sharing with the child are outlined for each parent.
A paternity action may be sought by any woman who is pregnant or has a child, by any man who has reason to believe he is the father of a child, or by any child when paternity has not been established by law. Paternity Actions are the legal means of establishing parental rights as well as disestablishing parental rights if either parent believes that parentage is in question.
In our extensive experience at Gleason Hope Law, P.A. of Jacksonville, FL, we have recognized that there are two reasons a parent may seek a paternity tests. Mothers can use a paternity action to establish parentage, establish child support obligations or to establish custody or visitation rights. Fathers can file a paternity action to establish a parent-child relationship and obtain orders for custody, visitation and support.
If you have questions or need assistance with your potential paternity action in Jacksonville, Duval County, Clay County, or St. John’s County, call the attorneys at Gleason Hope Law at 904-515-0909.