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Paternity determinations are sometimes a formality, as in the case of unmarried domestic partners. Paternity determinations can also be about money when a parent seeks child support or a parent attempts to avoid making payments, especially if a alleged father believes a child is not biologically his.
Paternity cases by and large are not about whether someone is the legal father. It is about what legal role will the father play in the child’s life. Darren K. Edwards is an Fort Lauderdale paternity attorney with experience representing both fathers and mothers in paternity cases. I am a former Senior Attorney in the Office of the Attorney General . I represented the Florida Department of Revenue (DOR) in thousands of Paternity cases.

Fort Lauderdale Paternity Attorney for Child Support Enforcement:

Sometimes DNA testing is used to prove that a father is the biological parent. The biological father can then be required to make child support payments starting 24 months prior to when the case was filed (as long as the child is more than 24 months old).

Florida Father’s Rights Attorneys:

If two people engage in an intimate relationship that results in the birth of a child, and they are not residing together, and the mother is dictating if and when a child can have contact with the presumed father, then a DNA paternity test can change that situation.  Fathers have equal rights to their children, even if they were never married to the mother; the key is to have a legal adjudication that he is the father.

If a father is proven to be the biological father of a child, then he can be adjudicated legally as the father and begin to exercise his rights to access to the child. With those legal rights also come responsibilities and child support may become a factor. Contrary to popular belief, a father has equal rights to a child even if he was never married to the mother.

As an experienced Fort Lauderdale paternity lawyer, Darren K. Edwards can work with you to determine the best course of action to protect your rights as a parent (mother or father) and obtain what you need from the other parent in order to have a meaningful relationship with your child.