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Holiday Hours:
Our offices will be closed in observance of Good Friday on Friday, April 19.

After Hours Payments: See how you can make payments by phone over the holiday weekend.

For more information, see Chapter 742 of the Florida Statutes and our Do-It-Yourself In Court: Paternity toolbox.

See Fees & Costs for the current Petition for Paternity fees.

Forms and Instructions

Forms are available from the below 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).