Paternity Matters

The filing of a paternity lawsuit is necessary in order:

  • For a father to establish a parent/child relationship with a child born out-of-wedlock that is recognized by law
  • To establish parental responsibility for a child born out-of-wedlock
  • For a father to obtain the right to exercise a timesharing schedule with a child born out-of-wedlock
  • To resolve disputes regarding child support

When establishing the paternity of a child, it is important to seek comprehensive legal representation, as there are many things that must be decided upon once paternity is determined, such as time-sharing and child support.

Whether you are a mother seeking to prove the paternity of your child in order to receive child support, a father who wishes to establish paternity in order to gain the right to partake in time-sharing with the child, or a father who wishes to dispute paternity, our legal team can assist you.


In the State of Florida, under Florida Statutes Section 742.011, any woman who is pregnant or has a child, any man who has reason to believe that he is the father of a child, or any child may bring proceedings in the circuit court, in chancery (Family Court), to determine the paternity of the child when paternity has not been established by law or otherwise.

Contact us for a consultation regarding your paternity suit.  We are committed to giving your case our full attention and are available now to speak with you. Call us today. (239) 417-9900.

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