Unified Family Court
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.
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).