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Pasco County, FL Paternity Lawyer

Whether you are a father looking to establish paternity or a mother looking to establish paternity to get a formal custody order and child support, you’d be best served with a competent Pasco County paternity lawyer in your corner. The Law Offices of Matthew J. Jowanna, P.A. is here to help. Contact our firm today so you can tell us your story and so we can get working on your case.

Paternity Lawyer | Fighting for Parents in Pasco County, Florida

The Law Offices of Matthew J. Jowanna, P.A. has extensive experience guiding clients through the paternity process, and a seasoned Pasco County, FL family law attorney from our firm can put that experience to work for you.

How To Establish Paternity in Florida

There are various ways a person can establish paternity in the state of Florida. To start, as long as two spouses are married at the time a child is born, paternity is established. Additionally, if an unmarried couple gives birth to a child, they can establish paternity by signing a legal document where the child is born. Another way to establish paternity is through genetic testing. In some cases, a court may even order paternity. Finally, a person can establish paternity through what’s known as legitimization, meaning the mother and natural father marry one another after the child is born and update the birth record through the Florida Office of Vital Statistics.

Benefits of Establishing Paternity

There are several reasons why both mothers and fathers should consider establishing paternity for a child. Just some of the most important benefits of establishing paternity are as follows:

  • If you are an unmarried father, you need to establish paternity so you can have a legal say in critical life decisions for your child, such as their education, religion and healthcare.
  • Establishing paternity is important to children. Children deserve to know who their biological father is. Further, even if a father isn’t regularly involved in a child’s life, establishing paternity can help give a child information regarding their family medical history, which may be useful later on in life.
  • Unmarried mothers likely want support and custody of their children, so if you want to receive support from your child’s father, you’ll need to establish paternity.

Contact a Wesley Chapel Paternity Lawyer Today

Whether you are a mother or a father, if you need a paternity lawyer to guide you through the process, you are in the right place. Contact The Law Offices of Matthew J. Jowanna, P.A. today to schedule your initial consultation with our dedicated family law firm.

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