Experienced Brandon Paternity Lawyer
All paternity cases start off as emotionally charged events, but this court process will bring certainty that can help you move forward in a productive way. What you’re going through might seem daunting right now, but once paternity is established even more questions around custody, child support and more will need to be answered. At Carman, Bevington & Finegan, we have experience representing both sides of a paternity case and we can help you with everything that comes next.
When a Paternity Claim Goes to Court
If the mother and potential father do not agree to the paternity of the child the case will likely end up in court. The father can begin proceedings if he believes the child is his and the mother is denying him access. A legal representative of the child can begin proceedings to establish paternity if the court has installed that person as the guardian and they require financial help. The mother can begin the proceedings if the father she identifies is denying the child’s paternity. But, the most likely option is the Florida Department of Revenue ordering a paternity test to establish the legal father and begin receiving child support payments.
Likely Next Steps
If the paternity result is positive we can help you with the next steps. Below you will find a few aspects you will encounter in the weeks after paternity is established.
- Relocation Issues
- Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA)
- Child Support
In all paternity cases we make every attempt to help our client and the other parent reach some sort of agreement before the matter ends up in court. But if that’s not possible, we are fully prepared to litigate your case in front of a judge. At Carman, Bevington & Finegan, we’re driven by a desire to protect our clients with the same professionalism that we would want in a similar situation. We don’t want to deplete all of your assets by extending your paternity case. We intend to earn every dollar that we receive and we will try to help you get your life back to normal.