Paternity Lawyer Wendy Doyle – Pasco, Pinellas, Hernando County, Florida
Wendy Doyle is a Florida Family Law Attorney Representing Fathers and Mothers in Establishing Paternity and Paternity Cases in Pasco County, Hernando County and Pinellas County, Florida.
If you need to hire a paternity lawyer in the following Florida locations, please call our family law firm for a free consultation: Brooksville, Hudson, Spring Hill, Pinellas Park, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Largo, Dunedin, New Port Richey
Unmarried Fathers Are Establishing Paternity in Florida
If you never married but have a child or children with someone you will at some point most likely wish to establish paternity. Paternity cases serve to help define the rights and obligations of fathers and mothers for children who were born out of wedlock. It’s becoming more common for unmarried people to have children and many fathers are eager to establish paternity so their children can enjoy the benefits of being raised by both a father and a mother. Additionally, mothers who find that the fathers of their children do not want to be financially r
In Florida, there are a few ways in which paternity is established.
- Voluntary Acknowledgement of Paternity
A Voluntary Acknowledgement of Paternity is a legal and binding agreement that both mother and father sign, acknowledging under oath that the father is in fact, the legal father of the child. Once the form has been signed neither party can revoke or “take back” what they claimed under oath unless you do so within 60 days of signing. Once 60 days has gone by, the document becomes legal and binding and it would be very unlikely to change this in a court of law. By signing this acknowledgement of paternity, you as a father have all of the rights that are available to you as a father, meaning, time-sharing, decision making and enjoying the benefits of being a part of your child’s life.
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Establishing Paternity and Child Support
In Florida it is presumed that the father and mother are both financially responsible for the child, whether married or unmarried. In other words, parenthood comes with not only the right to enjoy the child you have fathered, but also the financial responsibilities, such as paying child support, medical costs and child care costs. If you are in need of child support and are unmarried, you may wish to consult with a child support attorney. Wendy Doyle can represent you to help establish paternity so you can then obtain the child support that you need.
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- Genetic (DNA) Testing for Paternity – Florida
Another way to establish paternity in Florida is through DNA testing. If you have been named in a paternity case and you have doubts or want clarity regarding the authenticity of the claim, then you should contact paternity lawyer, Wendy Doyle. If you wish to seek out genetic testing for paternity voluntarily, the DOR can help parents who are seeking this information. Once the tests confirm paternity, the (Department of Revenue) can issue an Administrative Order of Paternity and notify the Florida Office of Vital Statistics
- Marriage Establishes Paternity in Florida
Marriage establishes paternity in Florida and can also legitimize a child who was born out of wedlock. Remember, in Florida there are biological fathers as well as legal fathers, which also can be an issue in many lawsuits. For instance, if you are married and have been raising a child born as a result of that marriage, but you suddenly find out or suspect you are not the biological father, you could be legally responsible for the child even with DNA proof that you are not a biological father. Alternatively, you may have found out you have a biological child who has been raised by another man and now you wish to seek rights as the biological father. It may seem easy to seek your rights as a biological father, but again, if there has been a “legal” father raising your child, hiring a paternity lawyer can help you to approach the case in the best way possible.
Hiring a Paternity Attorney in Pasco, Hernando & Pinellas
Attorney Wendy Doyle is a skilled family law attorney serving clients in the following areas:
Hudson, FL, Brooksville, FL, Spring Hill, FL, New Port Richey, Trinity, Holiday, Tarpon Springs, Dunedin, Clearwater, Largo, St. Petersburg, Pinellas Park, Lutz, Land O’ Lakes, Dade City, FL
For more information or to speak to me about hiring a Florida paternity lawyer, please contact Doyle & McCabe for a free consultation.