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Establishing paternity in Florida is necessary before unwed parents petition the courts for relief such as child support, visitation, custody or timesharing. Unmarried parents who ask the courts to enter orders for child support and timesharing will benefit from the establishment of paternity as once it is established it enables a child to get financial assistance, such as child support as well as government programs if applicable. Father’s rights are also protected when paternity is established and the father is able to establish a relationship with the child or children by obtaining an order for timeshare and visitation. Once paternity is established the child will have access to important family medical information and history which can be crucial in medical emergencies.
Paternity must first be established according to the Florida statutes and states, in part:
Fl Statutes 742.10 Establishment of paternity for children born out of wedlock.