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Establishing paternity in Florida is indeed a crucial step for both parents and the child's well-being. Without legal paternity established, the child may not have access to certain rights and benefits, and it can also create uncertainties regarding parental responsibilities. In Florida, if the parents are not married when the child is born, legal paternity must be established through a paternity action.

Simply having the father's name on the birth certificate does not automatically establish legal paternity. Instead, paternity can be established through a voluntary agreement signed by both parents or through a court order, often following a DNA test. It's important to note that if another man who is not listed on the birth certificate believes he is the father, he has the right to request a DNA test through a paternity action.

Paternity actions can be initiated by various parties, including a pregnant woman, an unmarried mother, a man who believes he may have fathered a child, or even by children themselves seeking to determine their father's identity if paternity has never been established.

However, each case is unique and requires careful evaluation. Legal assistance from professionals like those at JLP Legal can help navigate the process of establishing paternity and ensure that the rights and responsibilities of all parties involved are protected.

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