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Parental Rights of Unmarried Parents
Unmarried parents have the same legal obligations to each other and their children as married parents, except that the actual paternity of the children will have to be established before a court will decide issues of child custody, visitation and support.
Paternity may be established in a number of ways one of which is the filing of a petition to determine paternity in the circuit court much like the filing of a petition for dissolution of marriage. Like divorce cases, paternity cases can be contested or uncontested depending on whether the parents can agree on a parenting plan, time sharing and child support.
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If all of the parenting and support issues are uncontested, the parents can sign a paternity settlement agreement that spells out their agreement as to parenting, time sharing and support and have a judgment of paternity entered adopting their uncontested paternity agreement.
Paternity testing is available by Court order in a paternity case. If there is legitimate doubt as to paternity, a motion for testing can be filed in a paternity action. Testing may not be available if paternity has been established by a written acknowledgement of paternity by the father, such as signing papers to be placed on the birth certificate.
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As with all legal obligations, it is always best to have experienced attorneys Johnnie Byrd and David Barnhill at your side as you negotiate and settle your paternity case. The Plant City paternity attorneys at Byrd & Barnhill are experienced in helping clients successfully settle paternity cases. Give them a call at (813) 759-1224 for a free consultation.
If you are planning to come in for a free consultation about filing for divorce, please take a look at the forms on this website, specifically the client intake sheet. The information necessary to start the process will be captured if you download and fill out the intake sheet. Also, the financial affidavit is required to be completed. Depending on whether you earn more or less than $50,000 per year, you should download and complete a draft of your financial affidavit. Also, review the other documents, such as the sample marital settlement agreement, so that you can get an idea of the type of decisions that go into a dissolution of marriage proceeding. Please feel free to call us if you have any questions. Click HERE to download forms.