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In child support cases, before support can be ordered or collected, the paternity of the child must be proven in a court of law, unless the father voluntarily admits paternity. Proof of paternity is constituted either by voluntary signature, a judge’s decision, or the fact that the mother was married to the man either before or after the child is born.
If a man refuses to admit to fathering a child and the mother decides to take him to court, it is advised for her to acquire the services of a child paternity attorney & lawyer to protect both her legal rights and the rights of the child or children which are involved.
Every child has the right to be supported by both parents. When a child's paternity is being questioned by the biological father, paternity proceedings are essential to establish, as a matter of legal record, the child's biological father in order to seek child support.
Unfortunately, when the paternity of a child is being disputed, the assumed father of the child, or children may choose to attempt to make it difficult to obtain a paternity test to prove or disprove that they are the biological father. On the other side of the coin, there are also situations in which a man is lead to believe they are the father of a child, only to find out that they are not.
A court ordered paternity test may be sought by either the mother or male who is in doubt of, or contesting the fact that a child is their biological offspring, or to prove that the child is his.
Call Central Florida Divorce and Family Law Lawyer, Gail Cheatwood today at 863.686.0975.
Child paternity is an important process which aids in various legal situations, such as: