Sarasota Paternity Rights Lawyers

For unmarried couples, establishing paternity rights can be tricky. Just because a father’s name is on a child’s birth certificate, or if the mother has declared the father to be the biological father of the child, it may not always be completely clear to a court of law. Often, through DNA testing and other means, proving paternity is necessary to show that a man is indeed the biological father of a child. Once recognized by the court, it is easier for fathers to gain equal time sharing and be held accountable for his personal and fiscal duties to the child.

Establishing paternity can be a difficult process, but with the right Sarasota family law attorney, you can gain everything that you need to protect your family’s general security and welfare.

Florida Paternity Rights

Under Florida law, when a child is born to unmarried parents, the mother is presumed by Florida law to have full custody and visitation rights. The father must initiate a court proceeding to establish paternity if he wishes to seek custody or visitation rights. It is then the mother’s responsibility to initiate a court proceeding to establish paternity if she wishes to obtain a child support order. An experienced family attorney can help you and your family understand your paternity rights and privileges by law.

How Do I Establish Paternity?

If you are involved in a paternity matter in Sarasota County or Manatee County, contact the paternity lawyers at Tobaygo Law. We will work closely with you to understand the facts of your case and devise legal strategies, prioritizing your child's welfare and your parental rights. All of our paternity attorneys are former prosecutors with significant courtroom experience. We assist clients with all aspects of paternity cases, including:

  • Establishment of paternity
  • Custody
  • Time sharing (visitation)
  • Child support
  • Termination of parental rights

We will continue to provide knowledgeable guidance and representation if you require legal services in the future, including help with a modification of child support, custody or visitation. We also handle child support enforcement actions.

Do I Need Paternity Test Lawyers?

Children have the right to grow up with access to both of their parents. They should feel loved and (physically, emotionally, and financially) cared for by both parents. It does not matter how complex your unique situation may be, paternity law firms like Tobaygo Law are proud to assist you.

We recognize the significance of the father in your child’s life, as well as the many systematic assistance (i.e. child support, shared custody, etc.) that comes with paternity establishment. At Tobaygo Law, your child’s well-being is our top priority. Contact us today for a free initial consultation. We are happy to help.