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Category Archives: Paternity


Gaining Child Time Sharing Rights through a Paternity Order

By Vanessa L. Prieto |

As increasing numbers of children are born out of wedlock, it leaves biological fathers in somewhat of a dilemma. If the mother did not list you on the birth certificate, you will have to go to court to prove you are the child’s father. Even if you are listed as being the biological father,… Read More »


Issues To Consider In Establishing Paternity

By Vanessa L. Prieto |

Unmarried couples who have children together often face difficult issues and challenging questions when it comes to establishing paternity. If you are not in an established relationship, there may be concerns over maintaining continued contact with one another, or the amount of involvement the father will have in both the child’s and the mother’s… Read More »


Rights and Responsibilities of Unmarried Fathers

By Vanessa L. Prieto |

Becoming a father is a life changing event, one that causes you to look at yourself and the world around you differently. Before your baby was born you may have been primarily interested in pursuing your own hobbies and interests, but once you hold your little one in your arms, your priorities are likely… Read More »


Five Ways Establishing Paternity Can Benefit Your Child

By Vanessa L. Prieto |

Increasing numbers of mothers and fathers are choosing to raise children without the benefit of marriage, and the majority are every bit as capable of providing the love and emotional support their child needs to thrive as their married counterparts. In some cases, parental responsibilities are shared, with both parents being actively involved in… Read More »

The Benefits of Establishing Paternity Under Florida Law

By Vanessa L. Prieto |

When a child is born to parents who are not married, it is important to take the steps necessary to legally establish paternity for your child. Establishing paternity for a child gives that child a legal father. Florida law provides for a number of different ways to establish paternity. Whichever method of establishment you… Read More »

Using DNA Testing to Establish Paternity

By Vanessa L. Prieto |

As technological advances have significantly increased the accuracy of paternity tests, courts have increasingly turned to genetic or DNA tests to determine a child’s biological father. This type of test can measure probability of paternity at a rate of 99.99 percent. As a result, DNA test results are accepted by courts nationwide as proof… Read More »

Establishing Paternity Under Florida Law

By Vanessa L. Prieto |

It may come as no surprise that the birth rate of children born to unmarried parents has skyrocketed in recent years. This trend has resulted in more complicated parent-child relationships and the need to legally establish paternity in accordance with Florida law. Paternity laws allow unmarried parents to formally establish a parental relationship between… Read More »

Paternity and Custody Considerations for the Unmarried Dad

By Vanessa L. Prieto |

Statistics indicate that by 2016, half of all new births will occur between unwed partners. Many of these instances will involve cohabitating couples who, even though unmarried, plan to raise their children together. However, a significant percentage will involve parents who are not in a monogamous relationship with one another and have no intentions… Read More »