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Why establish DNA Paternity in Florida?
Paternity testing is conducted to determine if a man is an individual’s biological father. While several different ways to establish paternity were used in the past, DNA testing is now the most accurate and popular method and the only method admissible in Florida courts.
Texas residents seek paternity tests for reasons varying from curiosity to settling custody and financial disputes. Determining paternity also is necessary to give children access to family medical histories and information about potential genetic diseases, and to any veteran and social security benefits or medical insurance available through the father.
If a paternity test is to be used in a court of law, chain of custody of the DNA sample must be verified. This means that every step of the paternity testing process and
analysis is documented, from the collection of the DNA sample by an independent party through the processing of the sample. Paternity testing is carried out on DNA from the child, the alleged father, and, for greatest accuracy, the mother. DNA can be acquired from buccal (cheek) cells, or other tissue samples. At DNA Paternity Testing Labs we do all this for you. Call a DNA Paternity Counselor now for more information on DNA Paternity Testing.
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Helpful Dade County Information:
Miami Paternity Lawyers
Florida Paternity Laws
When children are born during a marriage, there is a presumption that the children are the children of the legal father and mother. Section 382.013(2)(a) of the Florida Statutes indicates if the mother is not married at the time of the child's birth, the name of the putative father may not be entered on the child's birth certificate unless an acknowledgment of paternity affidavit is signed by both the mother and the person to be named the father. An unmarried biological father may file a notarized claim of paternity form with the Florida Putative Father Registry of the Office of Vital Statistics of the Department of Health if he wishes to be notified of any adoption or dependency actions. If an unmarried biological father fails to take action or delays in taking action to establish his legal relationship to his child, his parental interest may be lost or greatly impacted by his inaction or delay.
On the other hand, there may be situations where an unmarried pregnant woman or mother may indicate that a man is the biological parent of her child, and the putative father may have reservations about the child's true paternity. There are some protections for a putative father under section 382.013(2)(a) of the Florida Statutes that indicates if the mother is not married at the time of the child's birth, the name of the putative father may not be entered on the child's birth certificate unless an affidavit is signed by both the mother and the person to be named the father.
If paternity is disputed our Miami Paternity Attorneys are available to arrange for DNA genetic testing to confirm parentage. Home paternity test kits are not considered valid evidence of paternity in the Florida family courts. Paternity testing in Miami family court cases must be arranged and conducted through the Dade County Family Court and the Child Support Services office. With the evolution of paternity testing, blood samples are no longer utilized for paternity testing in Florida child support cases. Instead, genetic testing for paternity is accomplished through DNA tests with samples collected with a cotton swab of the interior cheek area of the mouth of the mother, alleged father and child. The DNA lab will conduct the genetic testing of the samples and produce a report that will indicate the probability of paternity that the alleged father is the biological father.
Mothers should be aware that a delay in instituting a paternity action could result in a loss of child support payments. Section 61.30(17) of the Florida Statutes specifically provides that an initial award of child support will only be retroactive to the date when the parents did not reside in the same household together with retroactivity date not to exceed 24 months prior to the filing of the petition.
Our Florida paternity lawyers are available to file your child support complaint and arrange for DNA testing through the Child Support Services (CSS) office. If paternity is acknowledged by agreement or DNA paternity testing, our Miami Paternity Lawyers are also available to assist in implementing child custody schedules and negotiating or fighting for a fair award of child support.
Miami Family Law Division: New Order Issued to Promote Stability in Family Cases
Earlier this month, the Honorable Bertila Soto, Chief Judge for the Eleventh Judicial Circuit, entered an order applicable to family cases; it is effective immediately.
Litigation can be a difficult process generally, and perhaps more so for families entering the judicial system. The Order seeks to promote stability for parties in a divorce or paternity action, and applies to cases with or without children.
At the same time, it aims at providing parties with some guidance in a variety of areas revolving around the family, including–this is just a summary of what is covered and not legal advice of any kind:
- Relocation of children;
- Encourages voluntary child support payments until an order for child support is entered;
- Provides shared parenting guidelines;
- Requires parents to take the 4-hour parenting course – this has been required for some time, but is specifically included in the Order;
- Requires mediation before the final hearing in a case, unless there is a permanent or temporary injunction against domestic violence;
- Provides guidelines for how the parties are to conduct themselves in regards to each other;
- Addresses the following property, debt, and records:
- disposition of assets
- business records
- insurance policies
- additional debt
The Order also contains a provision for sanctions and requires the petitioner in a case to serve a copy of the order on the other party at the time the initial petition is served.
You can download a copy at the link below or directly from the Eleventh Judicial Circuit website.
8.14.14 ADMIN ORDER RE STATUS QUO
The Order can be changed by a later order or by written agreement of the parties. The Order terminates once the final judgment is entered