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
Heather and her team of family law attorneys are super impressive.
Paul Ramkissoon. 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.
Terri Cripps. 2021
You are the best! Your leadership and commitment to customer service is second to none.
Ryan Young. 2020
I must start by saying the Firm Liaison, Susan Birch is a true asset. She brings the personal element to the situation and helps you in one of the toughest times. I also felt very comfortable with Andrea Lehner as my representation. She was calm, professional and straight forward. I highly recommend using Florida Women's Law Group. We need more Women working with Women!
Kristin Lynn. 2020
During the worst time in your life it's great to have a team who is both objective and only has your best interest in mind.
Cathy Howland. 2020
I so appreciate Kristi, a paralegal with your firm. She went above and beyond to help me in processing a military court order. She was always quick to respond to me and answer my plethora of questions. She was a godsend!!!!
Debbie Jackson. 2020
Ana is very thorough in everything she does. Excellent at explaining the process. Everyone I’ve dealt with have all been very kind and great about getting back to me in a timely manner. Also I love the facility. Very clean and beautiful office.
Kristen Kearsey. 2020
This law group was extremely helpful, very caring, they answered any questions I had even if it was a question that I had ask before. They are a very professional group of women. I had to bring my daughter a few times, and the ladies took care of her with snacks a drink. My attorney told me of a way to handle the divorce without having to drag it out. They understand your situations and will help make it as easy and smooth as possible.
Sam Kane. 2020
This team has been very professional and communicative on the status of my case. What I love most is that they fight for ME. So happy I made the choice for them to represent me.
Alicia Potts. 2020
Great staff, professional representation and legal advise. Very proactive and guidance thru difficult situations.
Mayra Ayala. 2020
I have received amazing service, help and assistance with the Florida women’s law group. Fast responses and people who genuinely care!
katherine yvonne. 2020
Very reliable and dedicated to their clients.
Olivia Giordano. 2020
I have know Alison for years. From the first contact there was a connection; a true connection to help us. We were not disappointed.
Cathy Reynolds. 2020
Beatrice Cesar. 2020
Great group - very professional, knowledgeable and helpful! Highly recommend them!!
Wonderful group of professional who are attentive and knowledgeable.