Preparing for the birth of a child can be one if the most exciting life experiences a person may have. As the due date grows closer, mothers and fathers might make arrangements to get everything ready ahead of time. Florida parents should be aware, however, that even after a child is born, there are still some important steps to take. One of these is establishing paternity.
Establishing the paternity of a child is a necessary task. This important step helps to ensure that a child can be legally claimed by both biological parents. In Florida, if a couple is married, the husband is presumed to be the father. If the parents are not married, paternity can be established voluntarily or through a court order.
In addition to protecting parents and children alike from future issues like paternity disputes and custody issues, establishing a child's legal father is necessary for other details parents may not have considered. Family and friends often look to the local newspaper for a birth announcement welcoming a new addition. Often, the paper will not print an announcement unless paternity has already been legally established.
If a parent needs help beginning the process of determining paternity, an attorney can help. The lawyer will know exactly what needs to be done and can help a parent through the process. Once paternity has been established, parents can look forward to watching their child grow without fear of a forthcoming dispute over the matter. An attorney can also help educate clients on fathers' rights issues and, when appropriate to the circumstances, help ensure that a child has a good chance at a loving relationship with both biological parents.