As the biological father of a child, you may not have thought about whether paternity has been established. Although it may seem unnecessary when you and the mother both know you are the father, you still want to notify the state that you are the father for several reasons. Here are the top three benefits of establishing paternity in Florida.
1. Parental rights to your child.
One of the top perks of establishing paternity is getting rights to see and spend time with your child. Even if you and the child’s birth mother are on good terms right now, there are no guarantees that you will still have a good relationship in the future. By establishing your paternity with the state, you ensure you will always maintain your rights as a parent, regardless of your relationship with the child’s mother.
This means you won’t have to run the risk of not seeing your child because of a disagreement between you and the child’s mother. When paternity is established, the state of Florida will do its best to ensure your rights as a father aren’t diminished or withheld.
2. Insurance and benefits for the child.
Any parent naturally wants to protect and provide for his or her child. When you establish paternity, the state acknowledges that you are now tied with your child. This means you will be eligible to cover your child under your insurance policy.
Plus, if you are eligible for any benefits such as Social Security or veteran’s benefits and pass away, those benefits will be passed on to your child. This is also true for military allowances or inheritance.
3. Family medical history knowledge.
It’s important for your child to have full knowledge of his or her medical history. This includes understanding the medical history of both the biological mother and father. By establishing paternity, you are verifying that you are the biological father of your child. If medical issues arise, this knowledge of your family’s medical history will help health professionals make informed decisions about how to provide the best care for your child.
Do You Need Help Establishing Paternity?
Unless paternity is established at the time of your child’s birth, it can be a bit of a tricky process. What you need to do to establish paternity greatly depends upon your current relationship with your child’s mother. At Aguilera Law Center, P.A., we are here to help. Give our office a call today at 305-255-FIRM or contact us online to connect with one of our expert attorneys to learn what precisely you need to do to establish paternity.