A Paternity Action is how rights and obligations are established for children born out of wed lock. While filed as a paternity action, once paternity has been established the same criteria for establishing child support and time sharing in the dissolution of marriage process is used.
There are some unique aspects of a Paternity action that make it very important to have someone experienced in these cases help you, including whether the father has effectively established his paternity of the child. If he has not, while he may be obligated to pay support, he does not have any legal rights to the child. In fact, just being on the birth certificate does not mean you are legally the father entitled to rights.
Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about the complex issues of establishing paternity. Call us at 407-403-5990 or contact us (below) to schedule an appointment.