The identity of the Father on the birth certificate creates a presumption of paternity. However, this presumption is not conclusive and it can be overturned. To establish rights as a father who has not married the mother, you have to bring a court action called a paternity action. During the paternity action, which is handled in the domestic relations court, parental responsibility and time-sharing will be addressed.
If there is any question as to the identity of a father, a DNA test may be requested. However, if there has been a prior court finding or order that has determined parentage, it is difficult, if not impossible, to overturn this finding. No father can avoid his financial responsibility to his children. If there is any question as to who the father is, a DNA test is very important before any other action is taken by the courts.
Despite popular belief, when it comes to child custody battles fathers have legal rights, too. It has become common in today’s society that fathers are often falsely accused of being the “bad guys” in regards to child custody battles. However, there are many ethical and loving fathers in the state of Florida who can provide a better overall environment for their children. In these cases, each of these loving fathers needs to search actively for experienced child support lawyers specializing in paternal rights, who can gather appropriate evidence and provide a strong legal case for the best interests of their children.
Mary Zogg, formerly Mary Hoftiezer has a multidisciplinary background which helps to provide a unique experience for her clients. She has an undergraduate degree in psychology and a Masters in Business Administration in addition to her law degree. This allows her to provide her clients with a full vision of the financial, emotional, and legal aspects of their cases.
Mary’s degree in psychology has provided her with the ability to listen and understand the emotional impact of a divorce or paternity action. She works to understand how you feel and takes these feelings into account when putting together a strategy as to how to resolve your case.
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