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Category Archives: Paternity


What is a Voluntary Acknowledgement of Paternity?

By David L. Hirschberg, P.A. |

In Florida, when a baby is born to a couple that is married, the husband is legally presumed to be the father of the child. Conversely, when a mother is unmarried at the time of the birth of the child, establishing paternity can be more complex. For parents that are unwilling to recognize the… Read More »


Is it Illegal to Refuse a Court-Ordered Paternity Test?

By David L. Hirschberg, P.A. |

DNA tests serve many purposes in today’s society, including but not limited to growing family trees, identifying archeological remains, solving cold cases, and tracking down long-lost relatives. By far one of the most far reaching impacts of DNA tests, however, is their ability to establish paternity and therefore ensure that the right man is… Read More »


Understanding Your Rights as a Non-Custodial Father

By David L. Hirschberg, P.A. |

In Florida, approximately 47.8 percent of children were born from unwed mothers, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This means Florida has the fourth-highest birth rate for unwed women in the United States. This data means there are many fathers who have children with women who are not their wives. In… Read More »


In Florida, is a Child Born to a Married Woman Presumed to be Her Husband’s?

By David L. Hirschberg, P.A. |

Suppose that a married woman in Florida falls in love with someone else and decides to leave her husband for her new lover. The woman moves out of her marital home and moves in with her new boyfriend. While living together the woman and her boyfriend decide to have a child together and welcome… Read More »


Paternity and Genetic Testing: The Testing Process in Florida

By David L. Hirschberg, P.A. |

In Florida, paternity can be established in a number of different ways, one of which is via genetic testing.  This testing can be accomplished privately by the parties, by Court Order after initiation of a Petition to Establish Paternity, or through a child support matter initiated with the Florida Department of Revenue. While genetic… Read More »


Five Ways to Establish Legal Paternity in Florida

By David L. Hirschberg, P.A. |

According to the Florida Department of Revenue’s website, paternity in Florida can legally be established in any of the following five ways: Marriage In Florida, if a mother is married when she gives birth then her husband is legally presumed to be the father of her child. If the mother puts her husband’s name… Read More »

Establishing Paternity in Florida

By David L. Hirschberg, P.A. |

Many fathers are shocked and upset to learn that, until legally established, they actually have no legal relationship with their child if they were not married to their child’s mother at the time of the child’s birth. Especially for fathers who have played an active role in parenting their child, learning that the law… Read More »

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