Lake Mary Paternity Attorney
There are various reasons a mother or father may wish to prove paternity. A mother may use a court-ordered paternity test to establish child support. A potential father may wish to gain custody or visitation rights. In either of these scenarios, an HLA or paternity test can prove the father-in-question’s relation to the child to a degree of 95 percent certainty or greater, while a DNA test can determine paternity to 99.9 percent accuracy. A Lake Mary paternity attorney at Troum Law Firm, P.A can help you accomplish your paternity goals, whether you are the mother or the father.
Blood Tests Used in Florida to Determine Paternity
A blood test is the most common way that paternity is established, and in Florida there are two types of tests that are generally used. According to LabCorp., leukocyte antigens are “specialized proteins present on the surface of all cells in the body except red blood cells,” and a Human Leukocyte Antigen (HLA) blood test can be used to determine paternity to 95 percent certainty or more. DNA testing is even more accurate than an HLA test, and is 99.9 percent accurate at determining if the father is the biological father, and 100 percent accurate when it comes to excluding him as the father, according to the Cleveland Clinic.
How to Petition The Court for a Paternity Test
The other party may not be so eager to agree to the paternity test. If the father is trying to avoid child support, or if the mother does not want the potential father to have visitation rights, the person who wants the test to be taken must petition the court for a court-ordered paternity test. An attorney can help you file the necessary paperwork and advocate on your behalf when it comes time to any decisions, such as visitation or support, after the test results are in.
What Does a Paternity Test Cost?
Both the HLA blood test and the DNA paternity test cost roughly the same. This cost is generally the responsibility of the petitioning person to cover, though, this cost may be reimbursed. For example, if the petitioning mother pays for the test initially, if the man who is ordered to take the test ends up being the father, as proven by the test, the court may order the father to reimburse these costs to the mother. Of course, other agreements can be made between the mother and the potential father, and the cost may be shared if both parties agree to that method.
Call a Lake Mary Paternity Attorney Today For Assistance
Whether you are the father or mother, a paternity test may be the answer you are looking for when it comes to establishing court-ordered child support or child custody or visitation. One of our experienced Lake Mary paternity attorneys can help you petition the court to make this happen. Call us today at 321-428-2247 to schedule a free consultation today. The Troum Law Firm, P.A. is here to help.