Dallas Paternity Lawyer
Why establish paternity in Texas?
Paternity issues encompass child custody, visitation, father's rights, and child support. If you are a mother seeking child support, you will need to establish your child's paternity to obtain a support order from the court. If you are a father seeking visitation or custody, you may need to legally establish paternity to recover your rights as a father.
If you are seeking to resolve a paternity-related dispute in Dallas, Mathur Law Offices, P.C. can help you stand up for the rights of your child and your rights as a parent. Our team is well-versed in the complexities of the legal system. We understand the ins and outs of Texas family law and are ready to draw from our extensive knowledge to give you the best chance of a favorable case outcome.
How to Establish Paternity in Texas
Texas law states that, if a man and woman have a child and are not married, the child does not have a legal father unless the parents establish the child's paternity. The easiest way to establish paternity is to complete and acknowledgment of Paternity (AOP) form at the hospital when the child is born.
If the child's mother was married to someone other than the child's biological father within 300 days of the child's birth, the former spouse must sign a "Denial of Paternity" form. Without the husband's signature, the biological father may not be able to obtain legal paternity in Texas.
You can also establish paternity by filing an action with the court. When a paternity action is filed with the court, the court will order a DNA test to resolve the matter. Depending upon the results of the test, the man is either informed he has no legal obligation or rights concerning the child or that he does.
- Establishing paternity through a court order allows a father to proceed with a legal action in a family law court to request joint or sole custody or visitation rights.
Texas Child Custody Laws
In Texas, custody is called conservatorship; a father or mother may have sole managing conservatorship, or joint managing conservatorship. This establishes which parent the child will live with, the right of each parent to be involved and the degree of involvement in making decisions regarding his or her child's life, education, and medical care, among other important matters.
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We are well aware that a child will weather a divorce more easily with both parents actively providing love and companionship. A family law attorney at our firm is understanding about the sensitivity of a paternity issue and is prepared to assist you. Contact Mathur Law Offices, P.C. for a consultation.