Child Paternity "I act as a trusted advocate to help ensure you and your children's best interests are protected." - Antonio Jimenez

Paternity Attorney in Miami

Paternity Actions in Florida

Florida, like many other states throughout the United States, has seen a rapid growth in the number of children born out of wedlock. In these cases, the need to establish paternity often arises for a variety of reasons, such as assurance by one or both parties, to create an official record, for purposes of seeking support, and more. Florida law requires individuals to follow a particular set of rules or procedures to establish paternity within the state.

As an experienced and compassionate family lawyer, I can assist you in filing for paternity and developing a parenting plan and child support. My philosophy is that both parents should be equally involved in their child’s life. I strongly advocate for 50/50 time-sharing as I genuinely believe it is in a child’s best interest to grow up with both parents equally involved.

Contact my firm, Jimenez Legal PA, at (786) 220-0730 to schedule a consultation. As a compassionate Miami paternity attorney, I look forward to protecting your rights and best interests.

Standing to File Paternity Actions

There are many cases in which concerned parents or siblings wonder whether their family member is the father of a child. Although the concern is undoubtedly sincere in most cases, these individuals do not have the standing to file an action in paternity. In Florida paternity cases, only a mother or potential father may file suit to establish paternity. Also, the court will only entertain a paternity filing if it has not already been established.

Establishment of Paternity

Establishing paternity is the process to obtain a legal acknowledgment that confirms that a parental relationship exists. It is essential to understand that paternity may have been established regardless of whether or not a paternity test was taken.

Some circumstances in which the court has found paternity without a test include:

  • When a child is born into an intact marriage: In any case in which a married woman gives birth, there is a presumption that her husband is the father of the child.
  • When an acknowledgment of paternity was signed: A court will find that paternity has been established in any case in which a voluntary acknowledgment of paternity signed in the presence of a notary or two witnesses. Both parties must sign this acknowledgment.
  • Marriage to the purported father marries the child’s mother: In cases in which a child is born out of wedlock and the parties subsequently marry, the court will consider the purported father of the child as the parent and find that paternity has been established.

There are other scenarios in which the establishment of paternity may result from one’s actions. For a review of the facts and circumstances of your case, contact Antonio today.

Challenging an Establishment of Paternity

Disestablishing paternity requires a petition (that can only be filed by the male legally declared to be the father) to allege that newly discovered evidence has developed after the initial paternity determination occurred. Outside of limited circumstances, one may be barred from challenging a prior paternity determination.

Speak with Me Today

I am an experienced paternity attorney assisting clients in the Miami, Florida area. I concentrate my practice on family law cases with paternity cases representing a large percentage of my practice. If you need an attorney that will aggressively protect your rights as a parent, you can count on my firm, Jimenez Legal PA to help. I pride myself on my ability to accurately advise you of the best course of action to meet your particular needs.

Contact me today to schedule your in-depth, one-hour consultation.

Why Work With Jimenez Legal PA?

  • Focused Practice

    My practice is entirely focused on divorce and family law, and I understand the significant impact these cases can have on your future. I am dedicated to providing highly personalized and compassionate service that helps every client meet their unique goals.

  • Proven Results

    When it comes to the quality of my service, you do not need to take my word for it. Check out the testimonials and the results I have obtained for those in similar situations on my client testimonial page.

  • Dedication to Success

    With so much on the line, you can trust me not to back down when defending your rights. My experience in litigating more than 25 different jury trials and hundreds of contested court hearings is evidence of my determination to fight on your behalf.

  • Personalized Attention

    I take a personalized approach to each client's case. I am always available to answer your questions, and I make a point of providing regular, detailed updates on your case and how it is progressing. I will be the only attorney working on your case.

Antonio G. Jimenez

Antonio is an experienced divorce and family lawyer who has been providing high quality, highly effective legal representation to clients for over a decade.

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