When a couple has a child out of wedlock, they need to establish a parental relationship according to the state. The mother is automatically accounted for, but the father of the child must work through a sometimes complex paternity system. These paternity cases are meant to legally set the parental couple together on a joint plan to provide for the child’s needs and determine who has legal responsibility.
How Is Paternity Established?
In the state of Texas, there are five major ways in which paternity may be established. These include the following:
- The man admits to conceiving the child
- The man’s paternity is assumed, and the man doesn’t provide a rebuttal
- The child is adopted by the man
- The man’s paternity is ruled by the court, such as after a paternity test
- The man admits to providing a means of assisted reproduction
If any of these methods are utilized in the process of establishing the parents of the child, that information may be used to start negotiating the terms of the parental agreement for that child. Decisions involving child support and custody will be made after paternity is legally established.
If you’re facing a paternity case, you may find this to be a difficult, stressful legal process if you do not have a knowledgeable attorney on your side. However, our legal professionals may be able to provide you with strong representation to protect your best interests when it comes to paternity and your legal rights. To learn more about how to prepare for a paternity case, contact a lawyer from Holmes, Diggs & Sadler at (713) 766-5355.