Paternity Fighting For Your Rights

Fort Worth Paternity Lawyers

What Is a Paternity Lawsuit?

A paternity suit is filed to establish the identity of a child's biological father. If paternity is disputed, the court may order DNA tests. Depending on the test results, the court will either dismiss the case or make a positive finding as to parentage. Once the biological father is established, any custody and child support arrangements can be made.

Helping Parents Establish Paternity

Paternity testChild support cases in Texas often require the establishment of paternity as a preliminary matter. The requirements for establishing paternity are similar in nearly all states, but there are a few variations in Texas that may affect the process.

At the Law Offices of Mark M. Childress, PLLC, we are extremely familiar with how to properly handle paternity actions in Texas. We represent both men and women in these cases. Our paternity lawyers in Fort Worth will make sure you understand your rights and options throughout your case.

Call (817) 497-8148 now to request a consultation. We represent residents of Tarrant, Parker, Johnson, Wise, Hood, Denton, Somervell, and Jack Counties! Se Habla Espanol.

Establishing Paternity in Texas

In Texas, if the mother was married when the child was born, her husband is presumed to be the child's father. However, if the parents were not wed at the time of birth, they must establish paternity through legal processes. A paternity suit may be filed at any time after the child's birth by either the mother or the father of the child.

Our Fort Worth paternity attorneys can guide you through the entire process and help your case to a swift resolution. We have extensive experience in handling paternity cases and will passionately advocate for your best interests.

Ensuring The Paternal Rights of Residents of Tarrant County, Wise County, Johnson County, & Parker County

Our lawyers are able to handle a variety of paternity cases. For example, say a mother is seeking child support and the purported father denies paternity, our family law team may be able to assist with drafting and filing a lawsuit to determine parentage. Once paternity has been established, the parties may attempt to agree on the terms of child custody or submit the matter to the court. Oftentimes, parents can even retroactively agree on medical bill or support payments.

At the Law Offices of Mark M. Childress, PLLC, we offer results-driven representation focused on resolving your paternity dispute quickly and effectively. We are committed to protecting your rights at every stage of the process.

Contact our paternity lawyers in Fort Worth at (817) 497-8148. Se Habla Espanol.

Meet Our Team 

Dedicated Legal Professionals
  • Mark M. Childress
  • Desiree A. Hartwigsen
  • Elizabeth C. Barr
  • Sarah E. Robbins
  • Konnor Lee
  • Laura Richardson
  • Melissa Mozingo
  • Amie M. Wilson
  • Sara Brandt
  • Mark M. Childress Mark M. Childress

    Founding Attorney

    Areas of Practice Divorce Complex Divorce Family Law Custody & Visitation Property Division Adoption Military Divorce ...
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  • Desiree A. Hartwigsen Desiree A. Hartwigsen

    Managing Attorney

    Desiree A. Hartwigsen grew up in Stephenville, Texas where she graduated from Tarleton State University with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. During her time at Tarleton, Desiree studied abroad in London, England at Queen Mary’s University where she studied Comparative Criminal Justice.
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  • Elizabeth C. Barr Elizabeth C. Barr

    Associate Attorney

    Elizabeth C. Barr is a Dallas/Fort Worth native. She attended college at the University of North Texas where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. Elizabeth’s eagerness to learn lead her to law school at Texas Wesleyan University School of Law where she obtained her Juris Doctorate Degree. While in law school Elizabeth knew she wanted to practice family law.
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  • Sarah E. Robbins Sarah E. Robbins

    Associate Attorney

    Sarah E. Robbins is the newest member of the team at the Law Offices of Mark M. Childress, PLLC. She was born and raised in Colorado where she graduated from the University of Colorado with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and a minor in communications. After a visit to her uncle’s law office at the age of six, Sarah decided to follow in her uncle’s footsteps and become a lawyer.
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  • Konnor Lee Konnor Lee

    Associate Attorney

    Konnor Lee was raised in Arlington, TX and attended the University of Arkansas , where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts ...
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  • Laura Richardson Laura Richardson

    Associate Attorney

    Raised in Westchester County, New York, by two corporate attorneys, attending law school after graduating from Dartmouth was ...
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  • Melissa Mozingo Melissa Mozingo

    Associate Attorney

    After working as a legal assistant for a year, Melissa knew she wanted to pursue a career in law. Melissa graduated from the ...
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  • Amie M. Wilson Amie M. Wilson


    Amie began working in family law as a receptionist in a small private practice where she was tasked with answering the telephone, corresponding with clients and court staff and handling a multitude of other administrative duties. Amie’s ability to multitask and her attention to detail lead her to be tasked with handling an overflow of paralegal work.
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  • Sara Brandt Sara Brandt


    A paralegal here at the Law Offices of Mark M. Childress, Sara enjoys helping our team handle highly contested cases, working ...
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Why Choose Us for Your Family Matters?

  • Direct Access To Your Attorney

    Our Attorneys personally handle each case themselves. You will have direct access to your attorney to be able to get the answers that you need. 

  • Transparency

    Honesty and transparency are critical in building trust with your attorney. You will always know what is going on with your case every step of the way.

  • Team Oriented

    At our firm you're not just a case number, our staff will always know the status of your case and help to make your situation more manageable.

  • Personalized Approach

    Our team understands that no two cases are the same. Your strategy will be tailored specifically to you and your family's goals.

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