Determination of paternity is a statutory cause of action in Florida and the family law attorneys of Canan Law have extensive experience in paternity cases. Paternity cases arise when the Mother and Father of a child are not married at the time of the child’s birth. Under Florida paternity laws, the mother, father, or child may initiate the action. Hearings in paternity cases in St. Johns County courts are usually held in chambers, and persons in attendance may be restricted. Scientific DNA tests may be required of the child, mother, and alleged father. If the tests establish a statistical probability of paternity of 95% or more, a rebuttable presumption of paternity is established. If paternity is found, the court may order the father to pay child support, attorneys’ fees, and cost incident to birth. If you’re looking for a lawyer to guide you through your paternity case, call the St. Johns County paternity attorneys at Canan Law for a consultation.