Florida residents who want to exercise their parental rights may first need to legally establish the fact that they are actually eligible to do so. In the case of children who were born out of wedlock, the process of establishing paternity is explicitly codified, but variances in specific family situations may have an impact on the way the matter is ultimately handled. In most situations, men who acknowledge paternity still have 60 days to rescind such acknowledgement, meaning that it's necessary to pay attention to the timing of events when trying to get documentation in order or resolve disputes.
According to Florida law, court officials can accept multiple forms of verification acknowledging paternity. For instance, affidavits and stipulations of paternity acknowledgement can be executed by couples who want to establish the identity of their child's father and submitted to court officials as long as an adjudicatory hearing was conducted. When such hearings haven't occurred, notarized voluntary acknowledgements may be accepted.