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Attorney Bradley Sherman frequently helps both men and women with paternity cases, which can often present special challenges. Chapter 742 of the Florida Statutes defines paternity as the legal recognition of a relationship between a father and a child, either by administrative establishment or by court order. Most people are unaware that Florida law opposes children born out of wedlock, and an unmarried male parent has no legal rights as a parent unless he pursues those rights through the law.

 

Mothers are automatically afforded legal status as parent over their naturally born children. Fathers, on the other hand, do not have legal status until a court order adjudicates them as having legal paternal status. The fact that an unwed father is named as “Father” on a birth certificate has little value under Florida law. This means that neither doctors, teachers, police, nor any other third parties have the legal duty to recognize an unwed father’s rights.

 

Even fathers ordered to pay child support are not guaranteed the right to time-sharing with their children, nor are they guaranteed the right to make decisions on their children’s behalf. Divorced fathers do have presumptive rights to their children provided that the father was married to the mother when said children were born.

 

An unwed father who is being denied access to his own children has the right to a DNA test in order to verify his paternal standing. This right, however, is not automatic when the child(ren)’s mother is married to another man at the time of either conception or birth, or both.

 

If you find yourself a party to any of these legal situations, it is essential to meet with an experienced family attorney in order to address paternity issues. The Law Office of Bradley S. Sherman strongly encourages both fathers and mothers of children born out of wedlock to set up a free initial consultation at our Orange City office in Volusia County. Mr. Sherman has heard countless stories of heartbreak resulting from delays in establishing paternity for such children, and he can help you solve the all-too-common problems you and your loved ones may face.

Contact a Paternity Attorney

With our newest office in Orange City, Florida, our firm represents clients in paternity disputes and family law matters across Volusia County. We are ready to help you.

Use the contact form here, or call 386-532-6000 to speak with a paternity attorney today and schedule your free initial consultation.​​

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paternityAttorney Bradley Sherman frequently helps both men and women with Paternity Cases. Chapter 742 of the Florida Statutes defines Paternity as the legal establishment of relationship between a father and a child either by administrative establishment or by a court order. Most people do not know that Florida Law opposes children born out of wedlock.

 

Mother’s are automatically afforded legal status as parent over their naturally born children. However, Father’s do not have legal status until a Court Order adjudicates them as being the paternal father of the child. The fact that the unwed Father is named as “Father” on a Birth Certificate has little value under Florida Law. Which means that doctors, teachers, police, and any other third parties have no legal duty to recognize an unwed Father’s legal rights to their own children. In fact, Father’s who are court ordered to pay child support, do not necessarily have the right to timesharing with said child or the right to make decisions on behalf of their children born out of wedlock.

Contact a Paternity Lawyer

With our newest office in Orange City, Florida, our law firm represents clients across Volusia County Florida in paternity cases and family law matters. We are ready to help you.

Use the contact form here, or call 386-532-6000 to speak with a paternity lawyer today and schedule your free initial consultation.​​

Free Initial Consultation

Divorced Father’s have presumptive rights to their children provided the Father was married to the Mother when the child was born. It is important to meet with Mr. Sherman or any other experienced family lawyer in order to address all paternity issues. Mr. Sherman has heard countless stories resulting from delay in establishing paternity for children born outside of wedlock.

 

An unwed Father who is being denied access to his own children have the ability and right to a DNA test in order to verify they are the biological Father. However, Fathers do not have the right to automatic right to a DNA paternity test when the Mother is married to another man at the time of conception and/or birth of the child at issue.

 

The Law Office of Attorney Bradley S. Sherman strongly encourages both men and women of children born out of wedlock to set up a free initial consultation at our Orange City office in Volusia county in order to help you avoid the type of problems that every parent of an out of wedlock child experiences.

Call the Orange City office for a free consultation 386-532-6000