How To File For Paternity In Florida?
To file for paternity in Florida, start by completing Family Law Form 12.983(a), Petition to Determine Paternity and for Related Relief with the circuit court in the county where you live. This form is used by individuals who want to establish paternity, time-sharing and child support for a child. Typically, it is applied under one of the following circumstances:
- A mother wants to have the child’s father identified and held responsible for his parenting obligations
- A father wants to protect his parenting rights in regards to children he believes are his
- A man assumed to be the father wants to establish that he is not the father and free himself of parenting obligations
Once the form is filed, the individual filing for paternity must serve notice of the action on the other individual concerned. If the father is not known or cannot be located, the mother can serve notice through publication in newspapers, a process known as constructive service.
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