A paternity case is a cause of action that involves either the mother wanting to determine who the legal father of the child is or a father who wants to establish himself as the legal father of a child and create a parenting plan so that he has a court ordered schedule allowing him timesharing with the child.
According to Florida paternity statutes, paternity can be acknowledged by stipulation, such as signing the birth certificate, or a DNA test can be performed. If a man is found by the Florida Court to be the father, then he has a legal duty to support the child and is entitled to a determination of timesharing.
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