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If establishing paternity is an issue, Michael Hines will use his expertise to work with the alleged father to resolve the issue.
DNA (genetic) testing is done to establish paternity and the mother, alleged father, and child will be tested to prove the parentage of the child. A cotton swab is used to collect cells from the inside of the cheek for the laboratory tests.
If the DNA testing proves the alleged father is indeed the biological father, the Department of Revenue will issue an Administrative Order of Paternity and notify the Florida Office of Vital Statistics to add the father’s name to the birth certificate. Although the administrative order is not an order issued by a judge, it is still a legally enforceable order. Establishing paternity in this fashion is often quicker and less expensive for the parties than going to court.