Articles Tagged with birth certificate

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In the practice of family law, there are common questions that are posed to an attorney on a regular basis.  One such question applies to birth certificates and the establishment of paternity.  In summary, the entry of the father’s name on the birth certificate (by itself) does not establish paternity as a matter of law in the State of Florida.

But I’m on the birth certificate……

As a Florida family law lawyer, I receive many phone calls from fathers who want to spend more time with their children but are not permitted to do so by the mothers. The fathers always ask what rights they have because it seems the mother has all of the rights regarding the children. My standard question to their question is whether the person on the phone has been deemed the father or married to the mother when the child was born. Without fail, the response to my question is “I signed the birth certificate.”