Experienced Attorneys For Paternity Disputes And Litigation

At the Law Office of Cheryl Bucker, P.A., in Pompano Beach, Florida, our lawyers represent both mothers and fathers seeking to establish paternity and exercise their rights as parents. In paternity cases, it is not about you or your partner — it is about what is in the best interests of your child.

Why Is Paternity Important?

Our family law attorneys stress the importance of establishing paternity not only with the sake of the child in mind, but because the rights and responsibilities of parents are the same whether a child's parents are single, divorced or married to each other.

It is very important for parties who are not married to each other to establish legal paternity of the child, because under Florida law, unless a father establishes legal paternity of his child through the court, he has no rights to visitation with the child or child custody. Additionally, a single mother will not be able to collect child support from the father of her child until legal paternity has been established.

Disestablishing Paternity

Learning that you are not the biological father of a child you believed to be your own is life-changing. Whether you are angry, upset, sad or relieved, you will need to disestablish paternity. Until you are able to prove to the court that you are not the child's father, you will continue to be held accountable for child support payments and other parental obligations.

At the Law Office of Cheryl Bucker, P.A., in Pompano Beach, Florida, our family law attorneys have helped numerous men navigate the complicated process of disestablishing paternity.

How To Prove That You Are Not A Child's Biological Father

Unfortunately, disestablishing paternity is not as easy or straightforward as you might think. In fact, it can become quite complicated, which is why it is beneficial to have an experienced lawyer on your side.

In order to disestablish paternity, you must file a petition with the circuit court that oversees your child support obligation. To be accepted, the petition must include the following:

  • The results of a paternity test showing that you are not the child's father
  • An affidavit that explains new information that came to light after child support payments were ordered or after you were determined to be the child's father
  • An affidavit showing that you are current on all child support payments. If you have not fulfilled your child support obligation, you will have to explain why you were unable to pay.

Once a complete petition is submitted to the court, it will be reviewed. A judge will determine whether your petition is accurate and whether you ever voluntarily accepted parental obligations. As your attorneys, we will ensure that your petition is filed correctly, so you have the best chance at disestablishing paternity.

Contact The Law Office Of Cheryl Bucker, P.A.

To learn more about how we can help you establish paternity in order to secure the right to see your child, resolve disputed custody claims or receive child support, contact our firm. We offer free initial consultations. Call our office at 954-773-8983 or toll free at 888-392-5781 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. during the week. We are located in Pompano Beach just before the intercoastal bridge on East Atlantic Boulevard in Atlantic Square Plaza. We accept credit cards.