Family - Fee InformationFL

Overview

Paternity is defined as the state of being a father, fatherhood. To state the obvious, we know who the mother is; the child is born from the mother. Paternity need not be established when the child is born of an intact marriage, there is a presumption that a child born during the marriage is a child of the parents. However, for the father’s of a child is born out of wedlock we must establish paternity.

All parties must be in agreement with all aspects of the child(ren).

The Flat Fees includes the drafting of all documents, any edits that are needed, the filing fees, and attendance at the final hearing.

Services

Service Fee
Uncontested Paternity - Initial FilingThis is a flat fee. If the case becomes contested, then the case will no longer be uncontested and an additional retainer may be necessary. $1,900.00
Uncontested Paternity - ModificationFiling fees for a new case with the Courts. $55.00
Contested Paternity - Initial FilingThe initial Retainer/Fees start at $4000.00 depending on the severity of the matter. This should take a case to mediation. However, this is dependant on the actions taken prior to the attendance at mediation. $4,000.00
Contested Paternity - ModificationThe initial Retainer/Fees start at $2500.00 depending on the severity of the matter. This should take a case to mediation. However, this is dependant on the actions taken prior to the attendance at mediation. $2,500.00

Disbursements

Uncontested Paternity - Initial Filing

Disbursement Fee
Filing FeesThe fee to be paid upon filing to the Clerk. $306.00

Contested Paternity - Initial Filing

Disbursement Fee
Filing FeesFiling fees for a new case with the Courts. $316.00

Contested Paternity - Modification

Disbursement Fee
Filing FeesFiling fees for a new case with the Courts. $55.00

Key Stages and Timescales

Uncontested Paternity - Initial Filing

Key Stage Timescale
Drafting and Filing of case 1 – 2 week(s)

Uncontested Paternity - Modification

Key Stage Timescale
Drafting and Filing of Documents 1 – 2 week(s)

Contested Paternity - Initial Filing

Key Stage Timescale
Drafting and Filing of Initial Documents 1 – 2 week(s)

Contested Paternity - Modification

Key Stage Timescale
Drafting and Filing documents 1 – 2 week(s)

Professionals

Michael Costantino

Attorney

Qualification Educational Institution
Florida Bar Nova Southeastern University
Areas of Law Practiced Experience Time Spent
Family Law 17 year(s) 100%

Shannon West

Associate Attorney

Qualification Educational Institution
Florida Bar Nova Southeastern University
Areas of Law Practiced Experience Time Spent
Family Law 8 year(s) 100%