Clearwater Paternity Attorney
Almost 25 Years of Experience Advocating for Florida Families
When you face the complex issue of determining paternity, it is crucial
to seek the guidance of a knowledgeable family law attorney in Clearwater.
The experienced lawyers at the Law Offices of K. Dean Kantaras, P.A. can
help you understand and protect your paternal rights. Call us today for
Florida Paternity Law
- Paternity refers to the state of being the father of a child. Paternity
can fall into either or both of the following categories:
Biological paternity: Biological paternity describes the circumstance in which genetic evidence
proves a man to be the father of a child. The law may or may not acknowledge
the biological father as also the legal father of a child.
Legal paternity: The legal father possesses the lawful right to share child custody and
the obligation to participate in parental responsibilities. When the parents
of a child are married to each other, Florida law presumes the husband
to be the legal father, even if no biological proof exists. When the parents
of a child are not married to each other, Florida law requires the legal
establishment of paternity.
How Do You Establish Paternity in Florida?
- Following are the different ways to establish paternity in Florida:
Marriage: Parents are married to each other when a child is born.
Acknowledgement of paternity: An unmarried couple assigns paternity in an official paternity agreement.
Genetic testing: A genetic test proves fatherhood and there is not already a legal father.
Court order: A judge orders legal paternity in a paternity action.
Legitimation: Mother and biological father marry after the child is born and update birth records.
Common Reasons for Initiating a Paternity Action
- Paternity cases or paternity actions that enter the courtroom are often
similar to the following scenarios:
- A woman who is pregnant or who has a child seeks financial support from
the biological father of the child
- A man who has reason to believe he is the biological father of a child
seeks time-sharing and custody rights
- A man who believes he is not the father of a child wishes to contest child
- A child wishes to determine his or her biological father and to access
his or her right to parental support
Find a Skilled Paternity Attorney For Your Case
K. Dean Kantaras is board certified in
marital and family law by the Florida Bar. With offices in Clearwater and Palm Harbor, we are
proud to serve our community with excellence advocacy and representation
for family law matters. Even with the advent of cutting edge DNA testing
procedures, navigating a paternity action can be a tricky and emotional
experience. The skilled Clearwater matrimonial attorneys at the Law Offices
of K. Dean Kantaras, P.A. can help guide you through the process.
Contact us at (727) 939-6113 today for a consultation.