The Carroll Law FirmThe Carroll Law Firm

Fort Lauderdale Based Paternity Lawyer

Embracing the Journey of Parenthood: Navigating Paternity Matters with Compassion and Legal Expertise

Paternity Overview

Paternity establishes parental rights that determine a legal relationship, with rights and responsibilities. Paternity establishes a child's right to receive child support, coverage under the father's health insurance plan, access to the father's medical records for health purposes, legal rights involving death benefits, the inheritance of certain assets probate and the settlement of the father's estate.

Children have a right to a relationship with both of their parents, and Mothers and Father have the right to maintain a parent-child relationship and a responsibility to support the child. In order to secure the child's right as well as the parent's rights and responsibilities, unmarried parents establish parental rights through a paternity action. The parties may agree that they are the biological parents of the child, and if there is a dispute as to paternity, a DNA test will be used to determine whether or not the person is the biological father, and as evidence of parentage upon filing with the Court. A Father's name on the birth certificate is hearsay evidence and not proof of paternity.

Upon establishing paternity, a father may request a parenting plan or timesharing with the child and the and a mother may request child support.

Common Questions

Here are the two most common questions clients ask us regarding paternity:

  • How long will this take? The timeframe for resolving paternity matters varies based on individual circumstances. We are committed to expediting the process while ensuring thoroughness, aiming for a resolution that is both efficient and in the best interests of all parties involved. During the initial consultation, we can provide a more accurate estimate tailored to your specific case.

  • How much will this cost? The cost of addressing paternity matters can vary, depending on the complexity of the case and the extent of legal involvement required. We strive to offer clear, cost-effective solutions, and will discuss all fees and potential expenses during our initial consultation. Our goal is to provide you with transparent and effective legal representation, tailored to your unique situation.

The Legal Process

Here's a general overview of the steps involved in navigating paternity cases with us. From initial consultations to final agreements, we break down each stage, providing clarity and guidance to help you understand what to expect. Our aim is to make the legal journey as smooth and informed as possible, ensuring you feel supported at every turn.

  1. Initial Consultation and Case Assessment: Our first step involves a comprehensive consultation to understand your specific paternity-related concerns and objectives. We'll discuss the legal implications, your rights and responsibilities, and the overall process to establish or dispute paternity, creating a clear roadmap for your case.

  2. Gathering Evidence and Conducting Tests: Following the consultation, we focus on gathering necessary evidence, which may include medical, financial, and lifestyle documentation. If required, we'll facilitate DNA testing through accredited labs to scientifically establish or challenge paternity, ensuring the process is handled with confidentiality and sensitivity.

  3. Legal Filings and Court Representation: The final step encompasses preparing and filing the appropriate legal documents with the court. We represent your interests in all hearings or negotiations, aiming to achieve an outcome that aligns with your goals and legal rights, whether it's securing child support, custody arrangements, or addressing other parental responsibilities and entitlements.