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Establishing Paternity is a Critical to a Child's well-being

On behalf of The Law Offices of Cindy D. Sackrin posted in Paternity on Friday, March 24, 2017.

Every child in Florida deserves to know who his or her father is. When a child knows who his or her father is, it provides the child with valuable information about his or her family history, including health history. Moreover, a child benefits emotionally from knowing who his or her father is, with the possibility of developing a mutually beneficial parent-child bond. In addition, if a child's parents are not in a relationship with one another, but the child's father is identified, that child may benefit from child support payments made by the father.

If a child is born to married parents, it is assumed that the husband is the child's father for legal purposes, even after the parents divorce. However, if a child is born to unmarried parents who are no longer in a relationship with one another, paternity must be established before child support payments can be instituted or before child custody and visitation rights can be sought.

Establishing paternity is a critical component of fathers' rights. A paternity judgment must be made by the court in order for the father to have any say over how his child is raised. This includes making decisions about the child's medical care and where the child will go to school. Moreover, should paternity be established, it can protect a father's rights if the child's mother wants to relocate to another city or state with the child.

Establishing paternity is also important for mothers. Mothers who are raising the child on their own may desperately need child support to make ends meet. However, unless paternity can be established, a mother cannot obtain child support. A court order identifying the child's biological father is critical to mothers who need child support to provide their child with a healthy and nurturing environment.

Whether you are a mother or a father, if you are unmarried and no longer in a relationship with your child's other parent, you should consider seeking a court order of paternity. As this shows, establishing paternity is key to the rights of both the mother and the father, and it is in the best interests of the child. Legal professionals, such as those at the Law Office of Cindy D. Sackrin, are available to answer any questions you may have about paternity actions in Florida.

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