Jerome C. Williams, Jr., Attorney at Law
Your St. Petersburg Family Law & General Practice Attorney

​​St. Petersburg, FL 33716
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St. Petersburg, FL Paternity Attorney

With the increasing number of children born to unmarried parents, the law of paternity has taken on greater signifigance for a competent family law attorney.  In 50 years, the percentage of children born out of wedlock has more than quadrupled.  In 1961, 9.5% of children born in Florida were born out of wedlock; by 2011, 47.6% of the children in Florida were born out of wedlock.  In general, Florida law generally treats a chid born of unmarried parents the same asa a child born of a marriage.  In protecting the interests of the child, the law does not distinguish between married and unmarried parents when both the mother and father are known.  In the last 40 years, Florida paternity law has changed significantly.  Some of the notable changes include the following:  

   1) Persons with standing to bring an action under F.S. 742.011 now include "any man who has reason to believe that he is the father of a child, or any child";  

   2)  Clear and convincing evidence was established as the standard of proof necessary to sustain a paternity action so that a child born out of wedlock could inherit from his/her deceased father;

   3)  Awards of retroactive child support to the birth of the child were approved by various court decisions, whereby, the courts are now authorized to award retroactive child support not to exceed a period of 24 months preceding the filing of the petition;

  4)  When the natural mother of a child born out of wedlock applies for public benefits, she must name the putative father.  The Department of Revenue then has the right to pursue the named putative father to establish paternity and collect child support;

  5)   F.S. 409.256 , authorizes administrative proceedings to establish paternity in Title IV-D cases (those being enforced by the Department of Revenue);

  6)   F.S. 742.18 , establishing circumstances under which a man may disestablish paternity, or terminate child support obligation when he is not the biological fatrher of the child.  

If you are looking for a Paternity attorney to enforce your rights as a dad, or obtain child support for you as a parent, please contact us to set up your Case Strategy Session.  We're affordable, fair and honest.