One of the most exciting times in a mother’s life is the moment she finds out she is going to be a mom. The most difficult moment a mother can face is having to establish paternity. At Florida Women’s Law Group, we have seen a wide variety of these cases, ranging from those wishing to prove paternity to those wishing to refute it.
In Florida, without establishing paternity, an unmarried father has no legal custody of the children. The mother has sole legal and physical custody of the children. This also means that the mother is not entitled to child support.
In order to obtain a time sharing plan that includes joint custody, paternity must be established. As a reminder, joint physical custody is when the children live with both parents at an equal amount of time. Joint legal custody is when both parents participate in the decision making regarding the children.
These cases are incredibly delicate and emotional. Our dedicated team of paternity attorneys provide compassionate legal service during your time of need.
Paternity can be established a few ways and vary based upon marriage status and the age of the children. These include:
- Blood DNA test
- Both parents sign the birth certificate at the time of birth
- Both parents sign a paternity acknowledgement form
- Both parents sign an affirmation of common children
Our experienced attorneys are here for you now, throughout the process and once paternity has been established. We have the experience, resources, and skills required to provide you with empathetic and compassionate legal service.
What Our Clients Say
Everyone here is great, knowledgeable, kind and understanding. Thankful to have them in my corner.
Rebecca Hooper. 2023
Dena was an absolute LIFE SAVER!! Due to my ex-husbands attorney’s lack of response, it ended up taking us a lot longer to finalize the divorce than it should have. Dena was with me every step of the way and was patient, kind, and understanding. She fought for me and got me everything I had wanted! I highly recommend her :)
Sophie Burgess. 2023
This group of women swooped in at the most difficult time in my life. A newborn and a divorce at the same time could have been a nightmare. Shea and her team were very knowledgeable and dove right into how they could help me. I instantly felt understood and safe. Erica was always checking in on me and was thee most compassionate person I’ve met. I highly recommend this group.
Amelia Roberts. 2023
Everyone has been amazing. Pamela is too sweet and funny always makes it a pleasure!
Jennifer Hubbard. 2023
The team at Florida Women's Law Group was excellent. Both my attorney and my paralegal, Anna and Brooke, were extremely responsive and very organized. They walked me through my case and offered numerous resources to assist me during my divorce. I would highly recommend the firm!
Shannon Mailloux. 2023
I can't thank Ellen and her team enough for their professionalism during my time of need.
Jami Jene. 2023
Pam & the entire team are amazing! Thank you for making my process smooth so far.
Kirby L Arnold. 2023
Florida Women's Law Group was wonderful helping me through my divorce. From the first time I called them I was treated with compassion, care, and kindness. Every member of their team was incredibly polite and took care of me during this difficult and emotional process. My attorney Julia and her paralegals Pam and Kristi took care of everything for me and genuinely cared that I got what I wanted from my divorce. They were honest, direct about what to expect during all steps of the process and made the whole ordeal much easier than it could have been. I appreciate how well they communicated with me and that I had a team of intelligent and powerful women backing me up and supporting me. Definite recommend!!
Cori Walters. 2023
Ms. Julia McLaughlin was my attorney through the process and she made something that was personally scary and difficult seem like a walk in the park. Her knowledge and break down of everything helped me (someone that does not know the law) understand my options and helped me gain clarity into the road ahead. I am so thankful for her professionalism and kindness during it all! I also have to state that Ms. Pamela Rich, my paralegal, felt like a breath of fresh air. She listened to me cry and complain, she answered all my questions and held my hand through it all. Her kindness and generosity helped remove the weight from heart and I am forever grateful for her as well. Thank you all so much!
Tara Baker. 2023
Had an excellent experience with FWL Group. They accepted me immediately as soon as I called and my lawyer representing me is wonderful. I also thank the whole group for their help and patience they dedicated me. Thank you, FLW Group!
Awesome practice. The staff is knowledgeable, professional, and extremely efficient.
Bonnie Curran. 2023
The team of Pamela, Lauren and Attorney Julia McLaughlin was professional, understanding and patient. Pamela deserves an extra star for her assistance!!
P T. 2023
It has been a pleasure to work with Julia, Pam, Kristi, and everyone at FWLG. The whole team has been incredibly responsive, professional, efficient, and kind. I am grateful for their services and would recommend them to any woman looking for legal advice.
Megan Covey. 2023
I want to say that so far I'm impressed with this place! I actually found this law firm online for one of my longest friends in the world who has been being bullied and mentally abused by her husband for several years. I have known her for a very long time and It has broken my heart seeing her go through what she's going through! To be married for that long and actually feel"alone" in a marriage for so many years is so terrible, I just can't even begin to imagine how she has gotten through it, but she's one of the strongest women I know. I really had hoped to help her find some firm with compassion that would really help her through this because she's been so terrified of filing for divorce and afraid her husband would cause more mental abuse for her So far your firm is making her feel such comfort and I'm so thankful 😊 I'm out of state and she really needs this! Thank you! From a fellow Navy wife who is still happily married!
R. B.. 2023
Excellent resource of caring professionals, ready to help and provide good advice. Hard to find in the business park, but easy Southside location.
Nancy Coughlin. 2022
Attorney Catheline aka Cat was amazing and helped me through my case and made it clear I saw all angles. She became like a sister for me and has guided & encouraged me an made me feel better about my process every step of the way. I am beyond thankful for her for being by my side to help me fight!
emily coulliette. 2022
Although they were unable to represent me due to the location I needed representation in, Susan Burch was most helpful in helping me finding me someone I could go to in my area. She was an excellent listener, gave great advice and was so caring! I would definitely use this group if I needed representation in Duval County!
MONICA WEAVER. 2022
I've received services from several law groups in Jacksonville. Florida Women's Law Group has been the most expensive but they are worth it by far. My divorce decree and parenting plan are iron tight and the attention to detail was impeccable! They were ready for any curve ball thrown at them and were there for me to answer questions and calm nerves as needed. Their office and staff are very calming :) I would trust them again in a heartbeat for any big events.
Shawna Kosic. 2022
They are professional, efficient and compassionate. They were so kind and supportive to myself and my children. I highly recommend this law firm.
Amy T. 2021
Anna Durstein is an amazing attorney! The team at FWLG is amazing ♡♡♡
Susan Birch. 2021
Very professional. Willing to consider any input I had. Efficient and competent. Would absolutely use their services again .
Sharon Daly. 2021
Wonderful experience. Everyone I worked with was kind, professional and addressed all of my concerns. I would absolutely use them again.
sarah mills. 2021
They were wonderful. I presented them with a challenging case and they had to do something they had never done before. They figured it out and were able to help me. They are life savers. I hope I never need them in the future, but if I do, I will definitely be in touch.
Virginia Lesperance- Nasworthy. 2021
They were very professional and quick. Loved how the firm is made of women and works for women. Great group of ladies. Would highly recommend using them.
Very helpful, thorough , attentive. They show emotional patience and give advice well. Listen to thier clients. I sent thier information to other friends who needed thier expertise.
Regina Sciolino. 2021
At a time when my life was so out of control everyone in the firm brought me peace and confidence. They went above and beyond for me. I wouldn’t have the secure life now without them. 5 stars for sure. Thanks for the victory 💕
Debbie B. 2021
This team has been very professional.They are not the least expensive but they have always responded in a timely manner even when when had to stretch themselves. They were flexible, prompt and caring, even during the early, scary days of COVID. I like this team on a personal level. They went out of their way to accommodate a frail and very elderly person with kindness and compassion.
M T. 2021
I have personally known the founder of FWLG, Heather Quick, for many years now. She is one of the most passionate and caring attorneys I know. She has hand picked an amazing team that helps guide women through a difficult time in a way that other law firms cannot compare.
Joel Hudson. 2021
I highly recommend Heather and her law firm. I have known Heather professionally and can personally attest to her drive, passion and care for her clients. Do not hesitate to hire this firm.
Thomas Petrelli. 2021
I just want to thank the attorneys, the paralegals, the office staff, EVERYONE at FWLG. I had the nicest attorney who was a ferocious advocate for my son and for me. Everyone was patient, helpful, and genuinely on our side. Thank you so much for the support and the helping hands for my son and me.