In Texas, establishing paternity is required when a child born of unmarried
parents. These laws were created so as to avoid issues in the future that
may affect the child’s health, well-being, and best interests. When
the parents are married, our state laws recognize that the child’s
mother and father are also husband and wife.
CokerLegal has experience handling many contentious family law matters,
including paternity issues. Whether you are looking to prove your paternity
to the courts, or you are in the midst of a dispute and need to challenge
paternity, our firm can help you sort out the issue straight away.
The Legal Steps for Proving Paternity
Determining paternity is important when deciding the outcome of matters
such as child custody, child support, and visitation. A father has the
duty of providing care and support to his child. In recognition of this,
the law regards the biological father to act in this role for his child.
When the father acknowledges his paternity, the parents will file an Acknowledgement
of Paternity (AOP) form.
Paternity is established in these ways:
- The father’s identity is presumed (e.g., through marriage)
- The father acknowledges his paternity
- A court order is enforced on the father to carry out his responsibilities
The father has the right to validate paternity, as well as object to any
claims that the mother makes, as well. A father can ask the courts to
order a DNA test to prove his paternity. This is useful in cases where
the mother is convinced about the identity of her child’s father,
but the man is doubtful and wants to disprove the allegation.
The Benefits of Hiring a Family Lawyer
As Denton and Collins County family law attorneys, we at CokerLegal know
how much fathers wish to be apart of their children’s lives, in
every capacity. We also know children fare significantly from having the
love and companionship of a father by their side as they grow and develop.
We are a legal firm staffed by individuals who have families of their
own. Because of this, we are keen to our clients’ particular needs
and strive to achieve a result that is most favorable else.
Looking for legal counsel to assist you with your paternity case?
Reach out to CokerLegal today by calling (888) 570-7899!