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Mistaken Paternity: DNA Tests

Due to advances in modern technology and DNA testing, courts can accurately determine whether you are the biological father of a child. Even prenuptial agreements cannot contractually determine fatherhood, obligations to pay child support or other matters related to a child’s welfare. At Vanessa L. Prieto Law Offices LLC, our paternity and prenuptial agreement lawyers in Fort Lauderdale can help with whatever family law issues you face.

The DNA test doesn’t lie

Imagine that a process server walks up to you, asks your name and serves a lawsuit on you alleging that you are the father of the child born by someone you barely know. Or, a mother acts preemptively, serving you a paternity suit before her child is even born. It doesn’t matter if you’re married or not — if you face such circumstances, a Florida prenuptial agreement lawyer can help you handle them.

When facing dilemmas of paternity, many people immediately ask for a DNA test. This is straightforward if both parties agree to the test, but what if the mother refuses to allow her child to take a DNA test? This often occurs if a mother knows the truth of the child’s paternity or if the child is still in utero. In Florida, you will file a Motion For Scientific Paternity Testing, Form 12.983(e). If the court agrees, then the test is performed. DNA test results are usually considered the definitive proof of paternity.

If the DNA test comes back negative, your attorney files a motion with the court to terminate your parental responsibilities and rights based on mistaken paternity.

Resolve the nightmare of mistaken paternity — contact us today

Vanessa L. Prieto Law Offices LLC has experience handling issues regarding paternity, prenuptial agreements, divorce and any other family law matter. Call our Fort Lauderdale office today at 954.687.9143 or contact us online to schedule your initial consultation.