If an unmarried father is already paying support, is it necessary to establish paternity?
PATERNITY ATTORNEY FORT MYERS | CHILD CUSTODY ATTORNEY FORT MYERS
Yes, it is necessary to establish paternity. Now, if you are paying support through the Department of Revenue, and they say that paternity has already been established, it is different from having your parental rights established with the child. You will still need to file a petition to establish paternity with the Circuit Family Law Court, so that way you have rights established with the child, because right now, you are just making support payments. If the mother decides to take the child out of the state, there is no legal recourse that you have. The best way to do it is to make sure that you file that petition to get your paternity established with the Circuit Court, so that way you have your rights in writing with the child.