If you are a parent going through divorce or separation in Florida, then you don't necessarily have to go to court in order to agree on a workable parenting plan with your co-parent. Many divorcing spouses or former unmarried partners can avoid the cost of court by reaching an out-of-court agreement.
Whether you're a mother in need of court-ordered child support payments, or you're a father trying to assert your right to spend time with your child, legally establishing paternity can be extremely important in child custody proceedings.
The question of paternity comes up in many family law cases. In Florida, when the parents of a child are married, generally nothing needs to be done to prove paternity. However, when the parents are not married, paternity can be established in three ways: a paternity acknowledgment form signed by both parents, an administrative paternity order, or a judicial paternity order.
Just how far Florida would go in equating the rights of the biological father with that of the mother has yet to be established. However, a movement is going on in the state of Michigan that may have impact on establishing paternity in other states as well.