How and where can paternity be established in Florida?
There are two different ways for a paternity to be established in Florida. The first way is through family court. In family court, a parent can go ahead and file a petition to establish paternity. Once that is filed, then the parents can try to settle and get a timesharing schedule and a parenting plan filed, and settle the case and end it. If they cannot settle the case, then they have to go in front of a judge, and the judge will make the determination for the parent based on the best interest of the child and the factors under the best interest.