How do I petition Florida courts for paternity testing when I live in another state?
If you believe you are the father of a child residing in the state of Florida, you need to understand how to petition a proper Florida court to order DNA testing. The state of Florida established specific procedures to follow to bring your case in court to direct the birth mother or other guardian of a child to submit to DNA testing.Petition EssentialsThe fundamental step in seeking paternity testing in Florida when you reside in another state is preparing an appropriate petition to a county court in which the child at issue is located. The petition needs to set forth the name and address of the birth mother, the name of the child (and her address if it differs from the birth mother) and the date of birth of the child (estimated if the exact date is unknown). The petition needs to set forth the name and address of the person seeking to establish paternity, oftentimes called the putative (possible) father. The petition needs to indicate whether a father is identified on the birth certif