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Paternity

For more information, see Chapter 742 of the Florida Statutes.

Petitions for Paternity

Filing Fee for Petition for Paternity: See Fees & Costs for the current filing fee.

Forms and Instructions

Forms are available from the following sources:

IT IS IMPORTANT TO INCLUDE YOUR NAME, ADDRESS AND TELEPHONE NUMBER ON EVERY DOCUMENT YOU FILE WITH THE COURT.

About Paternity

Any woman who is pregnant or has a child, any man who has reason to believe that he is the father of a child, or any child may bring proceedings in the circuit court to determine the paternity of the child when paternity has not been established by law or otherwise.

  • The proceedings must be in the circuit court where the petitioner resides or the county where the respondent resides.
  • The court shall determine the issues of paternity and ability to support the child.
  • Other fees or costs, such as medical, hospital/childbirth expenses, or attorney fees, may be awarded.
  • The court may order an appropriate parenting plan and time-sharing schedule.

Parties may be required to submit to scientific testing to show a probability of paternity (see Florida Statute 742.12).