Asked in Family Law, Immigration Law and Child Custody for Florida

Q: Establishing parternity 14 years later.

My son was born in Florida while his mom was still married to another man, how can I establish paternity?

My son, his mother and I live abroad now.

2 Lawyer Answers
Rand Scott Lieber
Rand Scott Lieber
Answered
  • Divorce Lawyer
  • Hollywood, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: Based on Florida law you cannot accomplish this without the cooperation of the man that she was married to at the time of birth. However, since none of you lives in Florida the court here will not have jurisdiction (the ability to decide your case). You may not be able to do anything before you return to the United States.

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
Answered
  • Freeeport, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: Instead of litigating paternity, it might be more efficient to apply to adopt the child, assuming all three of you live in the same jurisdiction "abroad". That would depend, of course, on the laws of that jurisdiction.

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