Paternity

Paternity

Paternity in Florida

In Florida, it is an increasing practice for children to be born to unmarried parents. According to the Florida Office of Vital Statistics, in 2017 46.9% of children were born out of wedlock. Florida law does not treat the child born out of wedlock any differently than the child born to married parents. A paternity action may be brought by any man who has reason to believe that he is the father of a child or by any child. The standard of proof to sustain a paternity action is “clear and convincing evidence.”

Duty to Support

Both a mother and a man who has been adjudged to be the father of a child have an obligation to support the child. The duty can be enforced by contempt proceedings which impose a lien on all real and personal property.

Todd C. Passman, P.A. handles Family Law cases serving Fort Pierce, Port St. Lucie, Vero Beach, Stuart, and Okeechobee, Florida, and surrounding areas. Family law cases include divorce, child custody issues, visitation, spousal support, child adoption, petitions for modifications of orders, and pre and post nuptial agreements.

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If you need a lawyer for a family law matter, including divorce, child custody issues, visitation, spousal support, child adoption, petitions for modifications of orders, and pre and post nuptial agreements please contact Todd C. Passman today, at (772) 465-9806 or fill out the contact form on this page. Someone from our office will contact you right away.