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Southern Political Candidate Involved in Paternity Dispute

On behalf of The Law Offices of Cindy D. Sackrin posted in Paternity on Thursday, May 15, 2014.

Florida's family law system helps to solve many practical issues residents encounter in their daily lives. The system can assist anyone, from everyday Floridians to those holding higher office. A candidate for county commission in a southern state is currently involved in a paternity lawsuit. The man brought the paternity action after a woman claimed he was the father of her child born in 2011. There has been controversy, however, over what led to the political candidate missing five scheduled paternity tests. The man originally brought the petition to determine paternity and require DNA tests for both he and the child.

In court documents, if he was the father, the political candidate was seeking legal and physical custody of the child and for the mother of child to pay child support. If that award of custody was not made, he requested equal parenting time. The mother of the child opposed the request and sought child support and past child support, as well as other expenses ranging from medical expenses to private school and college tuition. The woman has been receiving state aid while caring for the child.

Paternity determinations have many important implications, including parental rights, fathers' rights and child support. Paternity determinations also carry emotional implications and influence child custody issues. Fortunately, paternity can be established either voluntarily or through formal legal proceedings. A party seeking to establish paternity can file a civil action to compel a paternity test. Once paternity has been established, the biological father may be required to pay child support and can potentially be granted visitation rights.

In paternity dispute situations, there may be considerable uncertainty and a variety of unknowns that many important issues depend on. Through the process of a paternity suit, such issues can begin to be resolved so that all parties involved, including the children, can move forward.

Source: The Post, "Commissioner candidate involved in out-of-state paternity case," Sam Stockard, May 2, 2014

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