Determining Paternity Status
In many child custody cases, major arguments can arise regarding the identity of the child’s father. Texas has several methods to legally settle a man’s paternity status, which can then determine what his custody opportunities or support requirements are. These paternity suits are sometimes complicated, but a knowledgeable attorney can help with the legal documents associated with establishing paternity status, rights, and responsibilities.
Establishing Paternity in Texas
The courts may determine a man’s paternity status in five different ways. These methods include the following:
- The man has legally adopted the child
- The man has admitted to assisted reproduction
- The man has admitted to conceiving the child
- The man’s paternity is reasonably assumed, and no rebuttal is made against the assumption
- The court orders the man’s paternity tested
If the man is determined not to be the child’s father, he may not have any further obligations to the family. On the other hand, if the man is determined to be the child’s father, further questions about custody and support arrangements must be answered by the court. Although both parents may argue their cases before the court, these decisions are made according to what the state believes is best for the child.
If you’re facing a difficult paternity case, we may be able to help you form a strong argument for your benefit and pursue powerful legal options to improve your claim. For more information about how we can stand with you during your paternity case, contact an attorney from Alexander & Associates today by calling 817-756-4040.