There are now more children born to single parents than to parents who are married. Florida has a statute dealing with unmarried parents that lists the father on the birth certificate. A lot of unmarried couples end up breaking up and having to deal with parental time-sharing issues along with child-support.
What happens when the mother declares during these proceedings that the "father" really isn't daddy? If the father wishes to contest that declaration and continue to be the daddy to a child that is not his, he now has more ammunition to fight that battle. The recent 2nd District Court of Appeal case of Van Weelde v. Van Weelde illustrates how this can be done.
If the mother signed an FS 382.013 affidavit naming someone as the father, she is prevented from claiming that man isn’t the father at a later date. Even if genetically the man is not the father, he can still establish his parenting rights, including time-sharing and joint custody. Obviously, he also will have the obligation of supporting this child throughout life as a minor. This case is good news for men who are faced with such challenges during litigation with the mother.