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Navigating Paternity Challenges in Florida

If you are an unmarried mother or father needing to establish or refute paternity, you must go through a legal process. For mothers, paternity can be an important issue in obtaining child support. Unmarried fathers may wish to establish paternity to be able to play a major part in the child's life through parental responsibility and timesharing. Other unmarried fathers who believe the child is not theirs may need to fight child support by refuting paternity. The Law Office of Paulette Hamilton, P.A. can help no matter what side of the issue you are on.

Call The Law Office of Paulette Hamilton, P.A. today at (407) 624-5344 or contact us online to schedule a meeting with our paternity attorneys in Orlando!

What is Paternity?

Paternity stands as a legal concept encompassing the official acknowledgment of fatherhood. The significance of establishing paternity spans various aspects, including securing parental rights and responsibilities and determining child support and visitation arrangements. The Law Office of Paulette Hamilton, P.A. team is attuned to the delicate nature of paternity cases and is poised to offer the necessary legal support.

Establishing Paternity in Florida

Initiating paternity cases in Florida typically takes place in the circuit court, contingent upon the mother or father's residence. The establishment of paternity hinges on genetic testing, a process the court facilitates. Following the confirmation of paternity, the court may issue a range of significant directives, including child support orders, parenting time (referred to as timesharing) for the father, and parental responsibility orders, granting the father legal decision-making authority regarding the child's healthcare, education, religious upbringing, and other crucial aspects of the child's welfare. Additionally, the court may mandate the father to cover court costs and attorney fees if deemed applicable.

At The Law Office of Paulette Hamilton, P.A., we are well-versed in guiding clients through the multifaceted processes of establishing paternity by Florida law. Clients have several avenues to pursue:

  • Voluntary Acknowledgment: This straightforward method involves parents signing a legally binding document called the "Paternity Acknowledgment." This can occur at the hospital or later at the local health department, solidifying the father's legal status through a voluntary agreement.
  • Legal Action for Paternity: In cases where disputes or challenges to paternity arise, the court may intervene. Either parent has the option to file a paternity action in court, leading to the establishment of legal fatherhood. The court may order DNA testing to confirm biological parentage, and The Law Office of Paulette Hamilton, P.A. boasts extensive experience in presenting compelling court cases to safeguard our clients' rights.
  • Administrative Paternity Orders: The Florida Department of Revenue's Child Support Program serves as another avenue for the administrative establishment of paternity. Typically initiated when one parent applies for child support services, this process involves navigating administrative procedures, a task efficiently handled by our legal team to protect your interests.

How Long Does a Father Have to Establish Paternity?

Timing is a critical factor in paternity cases, and fathers should be aware of the timeframe within which they can establish legal paternity in Florida.

In the state of Florida, there is no specific time limit for establishing paternity. However, it is advisable to address paternity matters as soon as possible to avoid complications and ensure a smooth process. The Law Office of Paulette Hamilton, P.A. encourages fathers to assert their parental rights promptly.

Delaying the establishment of paternity can lead to challenges in securing visitation rights, making important decisions for the child, and receiving or providing child support. By acting swiftly, fathers can strengthen their position in the legal process and actively participate in their child's life from the outset.

Secure Your Parental Rights: Contact Us in Orlando

In the realm of paternity law, The Law Office of Paulette Hamilton, P.A. stands as your trusted ally, dedicated to protecting your rights and facilitating the legal processes involved in establishing paternity. Our experienced team understands the complexities and sensitivities of paternity cases and is committed to providing you with the legal support you need.

Contact The Law Office of Paulette Hamilton, P.A. today to schedule a meeting with our paternity lawyers in Orlando!

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    "She provided a level of personalized attention that I was not expecting."
    Paulette and her staff (Sonia, Susan, & Tanya) were an absolute Blessing! Five-star service all the way! This was my first extensive experience dealing with a law firm and going through a legal process of any sort that required consultation. Needless to say, I was extremely anxious about the entire situation. I worried about the time, resources, and cost among other things. Paulette made me feel completely at ease and addressed all of my concerns very promptly. She provided a level of personalized attention that I was not expecting. I worked with her office for well over a year and was never disappointed by the quality of care and support they provided while handling my case. I have and would refer her to friends/family and I plan to use her services again in the future. It is already a challenge when you are dependent on the word and performance of a stranger, whether you are paying for the service or not - you are still in a vulnerable position. If that stranger is an Attorney then you are likely in a position to benefit or suffer in a significant way. Paulette gained my trust and by the end of the process, I was confident that I'd not only made an excellent choice with her firm, but I'd also made a Friend! Thank you, Paulette, Sonia, Susan, and Tanya - I will always appreciate your hard work and kind hearts!
    - Nicole I.
    "Upon speaking with Paulette, I discovered she is very knowledgeable, personable, and professional."
    I was referred to Paulette by a friend. Upon speaking with her I discovered she is very knowledgeable, personable, and professional. She knows her stuff. I felt comfortable and educated in my options moving forward. I would definitely recommend her!
    - Former Client
    "Attorney Hamilton is very rational and caring at the same time."
    Attorney Hamilton provided me with professional, personalized, caring services and was there for me throughout the complexity of my case, which resulted in agreed-upon resolutions. I had the services of 2 other attorneys prior to obtaining the services of Attorney Hamilton. One Attorney for the original dissolution of my 30-year marriage, and another attorney to assist me with the court proceeding for the breaches to the terms of the marriage settlement agreement. Needless to say after 5 years, at times, it almost felt hopeless, until, I obtained the skilled, experienced, professional services of Attorney Hamilton. She was always supportive, focused and again I want to say professional as she represented me throughout this process. Attorney Hamilton is very rational and caring at the same time. What I have learned through this experience is that when it comes complex breaches in interpersonal relationships, no matter how knowledgeable you might think you are; the LAW is the only thing that matters, when it comes to the Family Law System. Attorney Hamilton knows the laws and when she enters a court of law on your behalf; the court system recognizes her knowledge of legal protocol on multiple levels. Attorney Hamilton is the best of the best. I'm forever thankful for her service
    - Breda
    "She has been a constant safe haven for me."
    I am truly grateful to Paulette for how she has been a constant safe haven for me. She came in and cleaned up the mess my divorce attorney left behind. Not only is she the best in the business, she really cares about her clients.
    - Quanda
    "Honest and upfront with me from the very beginning."
    I hired Ms. Hamilton for a divorce approximately a year and a half ago. She was my second attorney in my divorce case. I have learned when hiring an attorney you must find someone who you can work with to achieve a resolution in your case. She was honest and upfront with me from the very beginning about the remaining cost and attorney fees in my case. She remained poised and encouraging even though I was going through an emotional breakdown at times. I would highly recommend her services to anyone going through a divorce.
    - A Satisfied Client
    "Excellent choice of professionals to work with."
    Paulette Hamilton is great a what she does and is a person that truly cares about others well being. And because of her heart and continually proven knowledge and skills, she does all she can until you receive a favorable outcome. Paulette's staff is also very comforting and welcoming. Excellent choice of
    professionals to work with. Also, Thank you, Rosanna, for your attentiveness on helping to get things done.
    - Nahjair L.
    "A passionate, level headed and reasonable attorney"
    I have been working with this Paulette for 2 years on a very difficult custody case. My experience in working with Paulette has been excellent. Although nothing ever moves quickly when it comes to family law, she has done her best to not only move the case along but also has been fighting hard for my son. I cannot tell you how beneficial it is to have a passionate, level headed and reasonable attorney working on your side, and that's what I get with Paulette. Would definitely recommend her to anyone who needs representation on a family law case.
    - Miguel S.
    "Thank you Paulette, Angela and Susan."
    From the moment I first called in and spoke with the office manager, Susan, I knew then my case mattered - before even spending a dime. Paulette handled my consultation with care and knowledge. She did not make me feel rushed and assured me that my worries about the cost to fight was not as important as hearing my story. That helped me feel less pressure and focus on the matter at hand. I have had multiple free consultations, which are always rushed and never informative. Paulette did the complete opposite, we even laughed a little to help lighten the mood. My case was then assigned to my paralegal Angela, who I swear appeared very knowledgeable about the rules and procedures of my situation. She spent her time with me answering my questions, reassuring me and reminding me that this office is a team and I will never feel alone. Along the process we laughed together, cried together, and even celebrated - COVID style of course. Watching Paulette fight for me at trial meant so much. I felt extremely prepared and ready to hit head on. I appreciate how thorough Paulette and Angela were during this whole process. Honest and always kept me on track. While I don't plan to marry just to divorce again, I know if the time comes I have a confident legal team to back me up. You will regret not having contacted this law office. Thank you Paulette, Angela and Susan.”
    - Kym B.

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