after talking to a few lawyers i am a bit confused...my question is: I live in new jersey and i would like to find out paternity of a child that lives in florida with the child, can i file the paternity test in nj for her down in fl? I was informed that if the child was conceived in nj then it is allowed...and the child was conceived in nj.What is correct, can i filed in a nj court?
Has the child always lived in Florida? If not, then how long has the child lived in Florida?
to my knowledge the child has always lived in florida...the child is 18months.
Thank you for your follow-up.I'm sorry to tell you that the place where the child was conceived is irrelevant. The proper jurisdiction is Florida if that is where the child has always lived (or lived for the past 6 months).An action to determine paternity is governed by the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act in both Florida and New Jersey. The Act indicates that the proper jurisdiction is that of the child's "Home State" and the Florida UCCJEA indicates that this is where the child has lived during the 6 months prior to the proceedings.The following is a link to Florida's UCCJEA:http://www.lrcvaw.org/laws/fluccjea.pdfIf you need to retain a Florida Family Law Attorney then the following link will allow you to select your area in Florida and it will then provide you with contact information for such Attorneys:http://lawyers.findlaw.com/lawyer/practice/Family-LawI know this was not the answer you were hoping for but it's the answer I must provide. Please let me know if you need me to further clarify my answer and I will do my best to so clarify.Thank you,Robert
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