Melbourne Paternity Attorneys
Until paternity is established through the courts, an unmarried father has no enforceable parental rights. The mother can establish child support obligations without the court addressing time sharing, custody or father’s rights.
Although the mother has all legal rights to the child until paternity is established by the courts, the mother’s refusal to allow the father access to the child can be used against the mother in a custody case.
The Importance of Establishing Paternity
The lawyers at Platt Hopwood Russell & Cole represent mothers and fathers who want to establish time sharing, parenting plans and child custody once they break up. We also defend against paternity actions and ensure DNA testing is conducted to ascertain whether or not the child is theirs.
When disagreements on paternity occur, they can be resolved through mediation or negotiation.
At Platt Hopwood Russell & Cole, we work with all sides in resolving paternity disputes:
- Mothers withholding the child
- Mothers seeking support from reluctant fathers
- Men who dispute that they are the father and insist on proof
- Fathers seeking time sharing/visitation with the child
When mediation or negotiation is unable to resolve the problem, we have no reluctance to take the matter to trial.
Serving Parents Throughout Brevard County and Melbourne, Florida
Our family law attorneys have the experience and the legal knowledge to obtain the results you want. We are respected throughout Brevard County and beyond for our skill in resolving matters of fatherhood. We can assist you in drafting child custody and visitation agreements that are in the best interests of the children and meet your objectives as well. We conduct these matters in a discreet and confidential manner.