When a married woman gives birth in Florida, it is presumed that the woman’s husband is the child’s father. Parental rights will automatically be assigned to the mother’s husband.
When an unmarried woman gives in birth in Florida, paternity must be established voluntarily or through a court order. If the mother and the father agree that he is the child’s biological father, they can sign a Voluntary Acknowledgement of Paternity form, which will become final after 60 days.
If either party refuses to voluntarily acknowledge paternity, a court process can be initiated by:
- The mother
- Any man who believes he is the father
- The child
- The government (Florida Department of Child Support Services)