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Family Law

Disestablishment of Paternity

​Under Florida law, a legal father is provided the means to challenge the child support order as well as the underlying conclusion that he is the legal father of the child. This procedure known as disestablishment of paternity. If the father is successful, the court will enter an order not only declaring that he is not the legal father of the child, but that he does not have any obligation to continue paying child support.

A biological father is determined to be the legal father of a child in a few basic ways:

  1. Marriage--if the biological father marries the mother of the child; or

  2. Consent--if the biological father and the mother of the child complete and sign a  Paternity Acknowledgment Form; or

  3.  Court order--if a court or other agency determines that the biological father is the child’s legal father; or

  4.  Affidavit--if a man signs onto the birth certificate at the time of birth, including signing an affidavit of paternity.


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Disestablishment of Paternity is a way to ensure paternity is terminated and/or terminate child support with the court. If you are interested and need assistance with a disestablishment of paternity case, contact Lindsay Ruiz Bash, P.A. Contact the firm's office to arrange a free initial consultation with your Tampa Family Law attorney. Attorney Bash is also available to meet after hours by appointment only. We proudly serve the whole Tampa Bay area: Hillsborough County, Pasco County, New Tampa, Wesley Chapel, Dade City, Carrollwood, Temple Terrace, Zephyrhills, Brandon, Lutz, South Tampa, Plant City, Riverview, New Port Richey, Land O' Lakes and all the surrounding areas.