Assisting Parents with Tampa Paternity
Tampa paternity lawyers providing thorough and direct representation
The Tampa paternity attorneys at Baccarella & Baccarella, P.A. understand the unique role the science of paternity plays in child custody, child visitation and child support cases and we use it to help protect your rights. A paternity test can conclusively prove you are not the father of a child so you can avoid a lifetime of unfairly paying child support. A positive result can help you prove your fatherhood so you can reunite with your biological children. If you are the mother seeking child support, we guide you through the complex court proceedings to legitimize an unwilling father and gain the financial benefits your child needs.
Paternity rights in Florida
In Tampa, paternity is the legal determination of fatherhood. Paternity gives fathers the right to make legal decisions about the child and get custody or visitation. It gives mothers the right to pursue child support payments from the legally established father. Paternity also gives the child information about their family medical history, as well as rights to child support, medical support and other benefits such as life insurance, veteran’s benefits, military allowances and inheritances.
Family law in Tampa Florida requires paternity to be legally established before the father, mother or child are entitled to their rights. Paternity can be established in several ways:
- Marriage: When the parents are married to each other when the child is born, the husband is presumed to be the father
- Acknowledgement of Paternity: The parents sign a legal document stating who the father of the child is
- Administrative Order Based on Genetic Testing: A genetic test proves fatherhood
- Court Order: A judge determines paternity in court based on evidence and issues an order
- Legitimation: The mother and father marry after the child is born and update the birth record
Our Tampa paternity lawyers analyze your circumstances, determine which method is best for you and your family and guide you through the process of establishing paternity so that you can enjoy the rights you are entitled to. In addition to helping you pursue your rights in court, we also assist families in working out fair custody, visitation and support arrangements through mediation and collaboration.
Helping families protect their rights in Tampa
With more than 50 years of combined legal experience, the attorneys of Baccarella & Baccarella understand the importance of establishing paternity for all types of family law practice areas, including child custody, visitation and support. To obtain the assistance of a highly experienced Tampa family law attorney, call us at 813-254-8998 or contact us online to schedule your free, confidential 20 minute consultation.