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Establishing Paternity in Fort Myers, FL

Legal Help from Our Fort Myers Paternity Lawyer

When a man suspects that he may be a parent, he will want to quickly establish paternity. Paternity is normally determined through a series of tests that can prove whether or not the baby is related to the alleged father. Whether you are a mother who wants to prove the identity of your baby's father or you are a father who wants to be involved in your child's life, establishing paternity can be a valuable tool.

Process of Establishing Paternity

To start, you need to establish a paternity action. These are filed in the courts in order to assist a parent in acknowledging and protecting important rights. Normally, if a man can prove that he is a child's father, he will be permitted to visit the child, possibly have custody of the child, or support the child. Men are not the only ones who can file paternity actions.

Women who are pregnant or have had a child can file their own paternity actions seeking proof that a particular man is the father of their child. Also, any child can bring proceedings to determine paternity if he or she suspects a man of being the father. Once paternity is established, the court has the right to determine custody, payment of child support, payment of attorney's fees and costs of bringing action.

Benefits of Establishing Paternity

For a mother, the benefits of establishing paternity are:

  • Allowing the child to have a functional relationship with his or her father
  • Child support from the father to care for the child
  • Assistance from the father in caring for the child
  • Imposition of legal rights and responsibilities to the father

For a father, the benefits of establishing paternity are:

  • A continuing relationship with the child
  • Protection of father's rights
  • Permission to visit the child
  • The potential privilege of child custody
  • The child can be included in the father's wills, trusts, and other estate planning materials

How Your Advocates Can Help

If you need more information, or if you want to establish a paternity order, talk with our firm. We are familiar with dealing with paternity actions in the court, and we understand how to best help you out with your case. Our Fort Myers divorce lawyer will take care of all the legal details for establishing paternity and we will then help you enforce your rights as a parent if the paternity test is positive.

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  • William M. Powell, Esq.
    William M. Powell, Esq. Partner
  • Rita M. Jackman
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  • Adam J. Stevens
    Adam J. Stevens Partner
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    Richard M. Ricciardi, Jr. Partner
  • Jorge Santana
    Jorge Santana Partner
  • William M. Powell, Esq. Partner
    William M. Powell, Esq.

    Although William M. Powell, Esq. is well-versed in a variety of legal matters and case types, he has built a strong reputation through his focus on personal injury and medical malpractice cases. Your Advocates are proud to have him as a member of our law firm. He shares our passion for helping people in need and prioritizes our clients’ needs. Read More

  • Rita M. Jackman Partner
    Rita M. Jackman

    Ms. Jackman’s unwavering ambition and leadership has provided clients and will provide her future clients a star in this profession. Ms. Jackman is a relentless researcher and preparer who handles her client tasks with a tremendous amount of preparation and thought. Ms. Jackman was born and raised in Cape Coral, Florida which has worked to benefits her practice and the clients that she serves. Read More

  • Adam J. Stevens Partner
    Adam J. Stevens

    Mr. Stevens has found his niche by becoming a litigation attorney and understands that communication between an attorney and client are paramount to obtaining favorable results. Mr. Stevens is known for taking on any and all types of cases no matter how difficult or routine they may be. Mr. Stevens is known as an aggressive attorney, though at the same time understands that some cases require a more patience to ensure a favorable result. Mr. Stevens does not shy away from challenging legal issues and has litigated complex matters against municipalities, international unions, large banking institutions, and several insurance companies. Read More

  • Richard M. Ricciardi, Jr. Partner
    Richard M. Ricciardi, Jr.

    His experience in litigation provides him the ability to identify and isolate potential areas of conflict and effectively counsel clients around potential pitfalls. Mr. Ricciardi believes that proper estate planning, real estate counsel, and business planning are areas of importance to everyone. Protecting and dispensing clients' various interests, assets, and lifetime earnings can make the difference between a comfortable retirement and wasting thousands of dollars in assets and earnings. Specialized knowledge, experience and attention to detail in these areas is therefore critically important. Read More

  • Jorge Santana Partner
    Jorge Santana

    Attorney Jorge J. Santana, Jr. is an American born Cuban-American, fluent in both English and Spanish. Jorge left Miami to join us here in beautiful and peaceful Fort Myers, Florida in March 2015. He has an extreme love for the law, which is only overshadowed by his desire to help all those in need. His reputation for fairness, hard work and honesty is respected by all his clients and attorneys. Read More

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