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Lesbian parents face unusual paternity challenges

Many Florida residents assume that because the United States Supreme Court legitimized same-sex marriage a couple of years ago, that same-sex parents gained a new set of rights. In reality, however, states have addressed this issue in a number of different ways. In some states, same-sex couples have been permitted to list both partners' names on a birth certificate. In other states, however, parents face insistence that only biological parents be listed on a child's birth certificate. That presents a unique paternity problem for families that are comprised of two women.

Is there a cradle in your future?

Perhaps you never imagined the range of emotions you felt when you heard that you were going to be a father. The joy and excitement may have been tempered by the concern that the mother of the child may not be eager to allow you to participate in the child's life as fully as you would like. Maybe you aren't even sure what rights you have as an unmarried father.

Addressing complex paternity issues in divorce

If you're one of many Florida parents currently going through divorce, you're likely well aware that life does not always go as planned. Like most people, you no doubt had every hope your marriage would last a lifetime. You're certainly not the first person to come to terms with the reality that this will not be the case. In addition to potential problems regarding child custody, visitation and child support, you may be in need of guidance concerning paternity issues as well.

Paternity an issue in reversed adoption case

When an adoption is challenged in court, the outcome is usually heartbreaking for one side of the dispute. In a recent case, a man took his case to the highest level in his state of residence, and was successful in having his daughter's adoption overturned. In an unusual twist, the man was able to win, despite the fact that paternity testing revealed that he is not the child's biological father. The outcome may be of interest to many Florida fathers.

Paternity as it relates to custody rights in Florida

In matters of child custody or child support in Florida, it is often necessary for a father to establish his rights in order to validate his legal presence in a child's life. Interestingly, paternity does not always refer to a biological father. It merely means that a person is legally establishing a parent/child relationship.

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