Paternity determinations are sometimes a formality, as in the case of unmarried domestic partners. Sometimes they are necessary to determine the child's father. At Schwam-Wilcox & Associates, our paternity lawyers provide guidance to people in Orlando, Orange County and throughout Florida. We will help you protect your rights and understand your obligations.

Why Establishing Paternity Is Important

For mothers, establishing paternity is important to ensure financial assistance from the father. Our attorneys will help you establish paternity and calculate child support. The biological father can then be required to make child support payments starting 24 months prior to when the case was filed, as long as the child is more than 24 months old.

For fathers, establishing paternity is important to make certain you can have a relationship with your child. Only when paternity is established do you have the right to request child custody and visitation arrangements. We will help you establish paternity and put together a parenting plan that strengthens your relationship with your child.

Rights And Obligations

You cannot have parental rights without parental obligations. If you are a mother seeking child support, you must understand that the father will have the right to request visitation. If you are a father seeking visitation, you must understand that you will be obligated to pay child support. We will help you understand your rights and obligations. We will skillfully guide you through the process of DNA testing, establishing paternity and more.

Learn More About Paternity Actions

Whether you are a mother or father, contact us about establishing paternity. Call 407-982-2714 or 888-337-5886, or send us an email.