Paternity establishes the legal relationship between a father and child. When a child is born to married parents, the husband is presumed to be the legal, biological father. When a child is born to unmarried parents, this legal relationship can only be established through court procedures.
Paternity lawsuits are most frequently brought in relation to child support issues — the child's mother is seeking child support from the presumed father. However, paternity suits can arise in many different contexts, such as when a father wishes to seek visitation, custody rights or other fathers' rights, or when the child is the subject of a pending Child Protective Services (CPS) case.
At the law office of David L. Willis, P.C., we work to help clients resolve their legal issues quickly with a focus on their needs and goals. In every paternity action, we work diligently to protect the interests of our client and the best interests of the child.Establishing Paternity and Child Support in Texas
Our family law firm assists mothers and fathers in resolving paternity issues in San Antonio and throughout South Texas.
When married parents divorce, establishing child support is a critical component to the divorce and child custody process. However, in the case of unmarried parents, where the legal father has not been established, it is necessary to establish paternity before orders can be entered involving child support, visitation or other child custody-related issues. In Texas, paternity can be established through:
- Voluntary acknowledgement of parentage signed by both parents and filed with the court.
- A petition to the court to establish parentage. DNA test/paternity test results are reviewed by the court and parentage is established (or the paternity case is dismissed).
Once the court makes a determination on the issue of paternity, matters of child support, visitation, child custody and other concerns can be addressed by the court.
In addition to being necessary for child support purposes, establishing paternity can make the child eligible for various benefits through his or her father, such as medical benefits, Social Security Disability benefits, inheritance rights, veterans' benefits and other rights.Schedule a Consultation
Whether you are the mother, presumed father or believe you have no relation, our law firm offers the experience and resources to guide you through your paternity action quickly. Call 210-271-9212, or use our online contact form to schedule a consultation.