Paternity challenges and father's rights in Florida

Although it may not initially sound as if it is the case, paternity challenges can be used in order to protect a father's rights in certain types of situations. This idea is underscored as well by the fact that not all paternity challenges are initiated by a father in order to claim he is not the father of the child.

In some situations, a child's mother will name another man as the child's father even when it is not the case. When that occurs, the man who believes he is the father may benefit by challenging the other man's status as the father of the child. Other times, a lab in which paternity testing was completed may be found to have a record of known errors, leading to a paternity challenge and a second test in order to establish paternity.

Fathers should have the ability to parent their own children just as mothers do. By challenging inaccurate testing or incorrect reporting of parenthood, fathers may assert their rights to parent their child. By establishing their own paternity of their child, fathers may then file motions for custody and visitation, while being able to experience the joys that come with being an active part of their child's life.

Fathers deserve equal protection to the rights of mothers in regards to children. When necessary, filing a challenge to presumed paternity can provide a way for fathers to seek and develop lifelong relationships with their children. Those who wish to challenge paternity in order to establish their rights to be a father to their children may benefit by seeking a consultation with a family law attorney in order to determine the steps that need to be taken.

Source: Findlaw, "Challenging Paternity ", December 03, 2014

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