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In Florida, the purpose of a paternity case is to determine the natural and legal father of a minor child and to award parental rights. A child conceived or born during a marriage will be presumed to be the child of the husband and wife. On the other hand, a child born out of wedlock is not automatically presumed to be the unmarried father's child. All parental rights and obligations do not automatically belong to the unmarried father. The presumed father must take affirmative action if his rights are to be protected. The biological father has the right to file a paternity action to have his paternity established. Before a father can establish custody rights, paternity must be established by operation of law, agreement of the parties or order of court.
Some of the benefits from a paternity action are:
Father's right to seek time-sharing (visitation/custody);
Father's obligation to help support the child (child support);
The right to inherit from the father;
the right to seek government support; like disability benefits, based on the father's records.
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If you are interested and need assistance with a 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.