Tampa Family Lawyers Who Know the Value of Establishing Paternity
It would take a lifetime to explore all the family-friendly attractions in Hillsborough County. Even after hitting up all the theme parks, such as Busch Gardens and Adventure Island, you’d still have plenty of museums to check out, such as the Glazer Children’s Museum or the Museum of Science and Industry. Then there’s a virtually endless amount of outdoor activities, including swimming, hiking, and kayaking down the Hillsborough River.
As one of the most kid-friendly spots in the United States, it’s no wonder Hillsborough County is home to such a high population of youngsters—as of a 2016 census, 23% of the local population was under the age of 18.
The larger population of kids in the area (and the increase in children who have been born out of wedlock over the last decade) has led to a spike in paternity cases throughout the greater Tampa area.
Some may see this as a bad thing, but at Florida Family Law Clinic, we view it as a positive step. Paternity is the legal acknowledgement of a parental relationship between a father and a child. It is one of the first steps to enabling a child to grow up having a relationship with his or her birth father. To enjoying the benefits of that special bond. To gaining a better understanding of who they are and where they come from.
In Florida, the law assumes a child’s father is the mother’s husband at the time of birth. If the mother is unmarried at the time of the child’s birth, paternity must be established through voluntary acknowledgement by both parents, a court order, or by using scientific evidence, such as DNA testing.
The skilled, experienced attorneys of Florida Family Law Clinic have worked with both mothers and fathers to establish paternity. In many cases, mothers seek to establish paternity to obtain child support from the fathers, while fathers file paternity actions to gain custody and visitation rights.
In both situations, our talented paternity lawyers work thoroughly and efficiently to establish paternity, settle disputes, and introduce time sharing agreements that are in the best interest of the children involved.
Establishing paternity can be both a confusing and stressful endeavor. Our knowledgeable family law attorneys can help. Contact our office for a free 20-minute phone consultation to discuss your situation, learn your rights, determine your options.
Proficient Paternity Representation from Hillsborough Attorneys You Can Trust
Our lawyers have handled all kinds of paternity cases. They understand that no two situations are exactly the same. That is why they strive to deliver solutions tailored to each family’s unique needs and goals.
Our paternity attorneys have worked with mothers and fathers throughout Tampa and the surrounding community, and have an intimate understanding of the relationship between paternity, child support, and child custody.
If you need assistance establishing or disputing paternity, we invite you to get in touch with the experienced paternity lawyers at Florida Family Law Clinic. Our paternity attorneys can provide insightful, compassionate counsel and representation to mothers and fathers alike in all matters related to paternity.
Hiring a Top Paternity Lawyer in the Tampa Area Doesn’t Have to Cost a Fortune
When dealing with legal issues involving a child, you need a lawyer who can deliver professionalism, expertise, and compassion – and you need someone who can do it without charging you an arm and a leg. As you grapple with paternity issues, the last thing you need is an unnecessary financial burden added to your list of things to worry about.
At Florida Family Law Clinic, our satisfaction comes through protecting the rights of Hillsborough County families, not taking home a big paycheck. We believe no one should be denied the legal counsel they need because of an inability to pay.
That’s why we invite the families of our community to contact us for a comprehensive consultation, free of charge, and why our hourly rate is so affordable. Other Florida lawyer fees may exceed $300 per hour for paternity cases, but Florida Family Law clinic is proud to offer a competitive rate of $175 per hour.
During this challenging time, you deserve competent, personalized service without having to pay a fortune. Florida Family Law Clinic can provide that to you.
The Basics of Florida Paternity Law
Paternity disputes may arise when a child is born out of wedlock. Florida law automatically recognizes the mother as guardian of the child. There is no legal presumption of paternity when a child is born to unwed parents.
The father must be identified by the court in order to have custody or visitation rights or for the mother to assert obligations such as child support. That means establishing paternity. The courts can do this in a couple of different ways. Paternity may be established simply by both parents acknowledging it or based on the results of a DNA test. Four different parties – the mother, the father, the child, and the state – can file for paternity action.
Clients pursue paternity action for many different reasons, but the most common include:
- A mother wants to establish the child’s biological father to obtain child support.
- A father wants to establish himself as the parent in order to gain time sharing rights.
- A child wants to establish a relationship with the father.
- The state wants to establish paternity to receive reimbursement for financial assistance provided to the child or mother.
The consequences of a paternity case can be huge for everyone involved and have a major impact on the child’s future. If you are considering filing a paternity action or have been served with paperwork, it’s essential to consult with an experienced paternity lawyer.
The attorneys at Florida Family Law Clinic have guided many unmarried parents on issues concerning child support and time sharing. Whether you are seeking to establish paternity or contesting an assertion of paternity, our lawyers can offer the aggressive representation you need to protect your rights.
Get Help with Your Paternity Concerns Now
If you are considering paternity action or have been served with a paternity suit, hiring an aggressive family attorney is imperative. Our lawyers can help you resolve paternity issues and provide sound guidance and peace of mind during a trying time – all while charging a fee you can afford.
Contact Florida Family Law Clinic now to get the process started by completing our quick online form, emailing Assistant@FloridaFamilyLawClinic.com, or calling one of our convenient offices throughout Florida: