Fort Worth Paternity Lawyers
Paternity Actions in Texas
Child 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.
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.
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.
The Importance of Establishing Paternity
Establishing paternity can have a significant impact on both the child and the parents involved. It is important to legally establish paternity to protect the rights and interests of all parties involved.
Here are some reasons why:
- Child support: A legal paternity determination can lead to the establishment of child support payments from the non-custodial parent to the custodial parent.
- Legal rights: Once paternity is established, the father has legal rights to visitation or custody of the child.
- Medical history: Knowing the biological father can help identify potential health risks for the child and ensure they receive appropriate medical care.
- Inheritance: A child has the right to inherit from their biological parents, and establishing paternity ensures they receive their rightful inheritance.
Our Fort Worth paternity lawyers have extensive experience in helping parents establish paternity and ensuring that the child's best interests are protected. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about how we can help you.
Helping Parents Establish & Exercise Their Rights
Our Fort Worth paternity 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, we can 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.
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