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Why Establish Paternity?

Establishing paternity refers to making a determination of who is the legal father of a child. If an individual is the legal father, he will have certain rights and obligations with respect to the child. This process can be useful for both mothers and fathers for an extensive range of reasons, including seeking child support payments, being able to take part in the child's life, and more.

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Voluntary & Involuntary Means of Establishing Paternity

In the State of Texas, paternity can be established either voluntarily or involuntarily. If the mother and father both agree that the father is the biological father, they are able to sign a document known as an Acknowledgement of Paternity. After this document is signed, it is then filed and becomes a legal finding of paternity. If paternity is a disputed issue, it may be established involuntarily through a court order, and DNA testing may be required.

Establishing paternity can be useful for many purposes, including:

  • Seeking child support payments
  • Establishing visitation plans
  • Establishing child custody rights
  • Access to medical insurance and other benefits for the child
  • Allowing a parent to be part of their child's life

Protecting Your Rights as a Parent & the Best Interests of the Child

Whether you are a mother or a father who wants to establish paternity, if you are encountering roadblocks from the other parent, our Burnet family lawyer at the Law Office of Russ Alan Baker, PLLC can help. We have assisted numerous clients during court proceedings, and will fight tirelessly to ensure that your rights as a parent are fully protected, while keeping the best interests of the child at the forefront of everything we do. The legal system is often complex and challenging, but our firm has the experience and skill to successfully meet challenges head on as we work on your behalf.

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