Paternity is the legal establishment of relationship between a father and a child either administratively or by a court of law. DNA testing is the primary method for determining paternity. While signing a birth certificate creates a rebuttable presumption of a father’s paternity, the mother of a child born out of wedlock is the natural guardian of the child and is entitled to primary residential care and custody of the child unless the court enters an order stating otherwise.[1] If unmarried, establishing paternity gives the parents of the child the legal right to seek an order for child support, parental responsibility, time sharing and a parenting plan with the minor child.[2]

[1] § 744.301, Fla. Stat.

[2] Chapter 742, Fla. Stat.