When a child is born to an unmarried couple living together, or a single woman in a dating relationship who later claims a child resulted from that relationship, questions of support routinely arise. Paternity actions are filed in order to assist a parent in acknowledging and protecting important visitation (time sharing), custody (time sharing schedule and parenting plans), and support rights (child support) or for a child who may benefit through newly acquired legal rights (social security benefits, veteran’s benefits and inheritance rights).
In some cases, the partner claims or acknowledges that he is the parent, while in other instances, testing is necessary to rule out or determine paternity. Furr and Cohen attorneys have represented both mothers and fathers to determine the parentage of children. Where appropriate, the firm’s attorneys prosecute or defend the determination of child support and visitation rights.
Who can file a paternity suit?
A paternity suit can be filed by any woman who is pregnant or has a child, any man who has reason to believe that he is the father of a child, or any child may bring proceedings to determine paternity when paternity has not been established.
Effect of establishing paternity
Once paternity is established, the court may determine custody (time sharing schedule and parenting plans), payment of child support (present and retroactive), payment of attorney fees, and costs of bringing the action.
Experienced Family Law Representation, Committed To Your Best Interests
At FurrCohen, P.A., our firm has been helping people through challenging situations such as divorce and other family law matters for more than 30 years. During these decades of serving our clients’ needs, we have acquired a tremendous depth of skill and experience that allow us to help our clients navigate the most difficult and stressful situations. We understand how difficult such matters are, and we are committed to helping our clients find their way through.
Contact The Boca Raton Family Law Attorneys At FurrCohen, P.A.
If you are facing a challenging family law issue, turn to the highly skilled and experienced attorneys at FurrCohen, P.A. Our firm is committed to helping people effectively resolve their issues and secure the resolution they need.
Please contact our Boca Raton, Fl office to speak with our family law lawyers, call 561-395-0500 or contact us online.