When an unmarried mother gives birth, either parent must take several legal
steps to establish
paternity. Not only does this name a biological parent as the child’s legal
father, but it also gives the father certain responsibilities and rights,
child support and time-sharing rights.
The following are several benefits for establishing paternity in Florida:
Custody and visitation – Whether the father and mother are not living in the same home
or are going through a contested custody dispute, a biological father
can obtain court-ordered
child custody or visitation after paternity is established.
Financial support – In addition to child support, establishing paternity can ensure
a child is entitled to several benefits, so a father can protect and provide
for his child. Common financial benefits include retirement and pension,
Social Security benefits, life insurance, military benefits, and even
Medical history – While establishing paternity can help a father add his child to
his medical insurance policy, it may also help the child and the child’s
health care providers learn about the father’s medical history to
fully understand certain diseases and genetic traits that the child may acquire.
Information about the child – Legally recognized parents have the right to have access to any
information about their child. Common types of information include school
records, medical records, custody records, and even criminal records.
The relationship between father and child – Last but not least, establishing paternity helps a father build
a healthy and loving relationship with his child. According to several
studies, fathers who actively participate in their children’s lives
help them become healthy and emotionally stable adults.
If you are interested in establishing paternity in Daytona Beach, Deland,
Palm Coast County, Flagler County, Palatka County, or Putnam County,
contact the Law Offices of Robert Stepniak today and request a free consultation.