A paternity test does not have to be done. However, either party can voluntarily pay for the paternity testing. Typically if a paternity test is demanded the party demanding the paternity test is the one who pays for it. However, another way, and the most common way of determination of paternity in Florida, is that an action for determination of paternity is filed in the circuit court. In this petition the father alleges certain facts to establish that he is the child’s natural and biological father.
Once this proceeding is concluded the result will be an order that states that this man is the child of the father. It will establish the amount of time-sharing that he is to have with the child on a regular basis. It will also establish the amount of child support he is obligated to pay to the child’s mother for the benefit of the child. The mother, in the absence of an order of determination of paternity, can deny the father access to his child, but at the same time, require that he pay child support.