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According to Florida law, a man can be initially established as the father of a child by being married to the mother at the time of birth. Marrying the mother after the birth can also result in legal recognition, making any biological child legitimate, and even a child biologically fathered by another will be considered a child of the marriage if the husband is held out to be the “reputed father” at the time:

(2) Paternity.–
(a) If the mother is married at the time of birth, the name of the husband shall be entered on the birth certificate as the father of the child, unless paternity has been determined otherwise by a court of competent jurisdiction.

See: Florida Statute 382.013. Birth registration


If the mother of any child born out of wedlock and the reputed father shall at any time after its birth intermarry, the child shall in all respects be deemed and held to be the child of the husband and wife, as though born within wedlock, and upon the payment of all costs and attorney fees as determined by the court, the cause shall be dismissed and the bond provided for in s. 742.021 shall be void. The record of the proceedings in such cases shall be sealed against public inspection in the interests of the child.

See: Florida Statute 742.091. Marriage of parents



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