Weston and Coral Springs, Florida Paternity Attorneys

Need to Establish Paternity? Call (954) 385-1536 Today.

Our firm has helped many people in the Broward County area to obtain definitive answers in paternity cases. As experienced Weston and Coral Springs family law attorneys, we provide a clear and rational approach to your legal problem as well as the skill that is necessary to navigate through the court procedures required for paternity determination.  For 34 years, Hale Schantz and Laura Schantz have been helping people throughout Broward County.

Paternity actions involve several laws which are very different than the laws of Florida divorce.  Paternity cases and Divorce cases deal with child support or/and timesharing.  What is very different is a father has no rights until such time as paternity has been established.  In almost all of the paternity cases our firm has handled, no doubt exists as to the identity of the father.  That said, if paternity is in question the court can order DNA testing.

Do you need assistance in determining paternity? Let our family law attorneys help you. Call (954) 385-1536!

When is a Paternity Petition Important?

A paternity action arises when parties, who were never legally married to each other, need to determine the father of the child. Either the mother or the father of the child may file the Petition to Establish Paternity of a child. In Florida, a father has absolutely no rights until Paternity has been established pursuant to Florida Statute.

Once paternity is established, the court will make decisions on the issues of:

Child timesharing

Child support

Shared or Sole parental responsibility

If the parties are able to reach an agreement with respect to the resolution of these issues, they then execute an agreement establishing Paternity and a Parenting Plan. These Paternity Agreements are submitted to the court for the judge’s signature. If the parties are unable to reach an agreement, the court will resolve the parties’ differences at a trial within the Judgment of Paternity.

One of the best steps you can take to preserve your emotional and financial future when facing a paternity related legal issue is to consult with an experienced family lawyer. Most of our clients feel empowered or at least better informed of their legal options after their initial consultation. At the Law Offices of Schantz and Schantz, Family Law Firm, we aggressively fight for our client’s rights in matters of paternity, timesharing (visitation), and child support.