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Every child deserves to have a father. Paternity is the legal way to determine the identity of a child's father.

Benefits for children
Family medical history knowledge
A father’s name is on the birth certificate
Health or life insurance from either parent, if available
Support from both parents, like child support and medical support
Receive Social Security or veteran’s benefits, military allowances and inheritances.

Parental Benefits
Ability to obtain a child support order
Ability to obtain a court order for visitation or custody
Have a say in legal decisions about the child

Does Your Child Have a Legal Father
Children born to parents that are married to each other have a legal father.  
Children do not have a legal father if the mother is not married when the child is born.  Legal paternity must be established for this child.  

Ways to Establish Paternity in Florida 
Marriage: The parents are married to each other when the child is born
Acknowledgement of Paternity:  The unmarried couple signs a legal document in the hospital when the child is born, or later
Administrative Order Based on Genetic Testing:  Paternity is ordered if a genetic test proves fatherhood
Court Order:  A judge orders paternity in court
Legitimation:  The mother and natural father get married to each other after the child is born and update the birth record through the Florida Office of Vital Statistics

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