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Rapper Faces Paternity Action in Florida

On behalf of The Law Offices of Cindy D. Sackrin posted in Paternity on Thursday, December 12, 2013.

Paternity of a child has important implications and, therefore, is often important to determine through the legal process.

Popular rapper Flo Rida is facing a paternity suit in nearby Miami. The woman claiming to be the mother of Flo Rida's unborn child has asked the court to require the rapper to submit to a paternity test. The woman also wants the rapper to be required to pay medical expenses related to the pregnancy and birth of the child and child support. The woman is also interested in a time-sharing custody agreement once the child is born and expects the rapper to be involved in the child's life. As for his part, the rapper's attorney commented that the rapper was not in a relationship with the woman and he is not sure the rapper even knew the woman.

There are different reasons for initiating a paternity action. Sometimes it is to establish paternity of a father to collect child support, however, sometimes a father may wish to bring a paternity action to establish paternity prior to paying child support the father would otherwise willingly pay. Sometimes a putative father may worry about potential paternity fraud; a legal determination of paternity can resolve a variety of concerns.

Once a paternity action is initiated, a paternity test can be conducted to determine the biological father of a child. Paternity testing is conducted by DNA testing. Paternity can be established with 99 percent certainty. Once the biological father is determined through a paternity action, other considerations, including custody issues and child support, can also be determined.

There are many legal and emotional reasons and implications to a determination of paternity. A family law attorney is able to assist either a mother or father seeking an establishment of paternity with the process.

Source: Miami Herald, "Rapper Flo Rida served with paternity suit on behalf of unborn child," Jordan Levin, Nov. 28, 2013

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