Houston Paternity Cases Attorneys
Determining paternity is essential for establishing parental rights and responsibilities. Not only does paternity show who has a legal and social responsibility for a child, but it also gives a firm and accurate picture of a child’s medical history. Determining paternity can also help create a bond between a father and a child that might not otherwise exist, allowing the father to participate in a parenting plan.
Though some paternity cases are straightforward, many cases require the presence and guidance of a skilled family lawyer. As a firm that is board certified in family law, the lawyers at Holmes, Diggs & Sadler are well equipped to handle your Texas paternity case. Our firm can help you determine and establish custody, parental rights, and financial obligations. We understand the emotionally taxing nature of legal family issues and offer compassionate and comprehensive legal services to all of our clients. When you are going through a difficult time we are here to listen and help.
By discovering the paternity of a child, we may be able to help you recover child support and establish custody for the father. Whether you seek to prove or disprove an alleged father’s paternity, or you need help upholding your rights as a legal guardian, reach out to one of our Houston family lawyers. Speak with a member of our experienced legal team today by calling us at (713) 802-1777.
Why Hire a Lawyer for your Paternity Case
Establishing the parentage of a child is complicated. When you are making decisions that impact your child’s life, you need a lawyer you trust. Not only will determining paternity potentially impact custody of your child, but it could also directly affect your child support arrangement. By seeking the guidance of an experienced family lawyer, you can better understand your rights and legal options moving forward. A skilled attorney will provide assistance and tailor legal guidance to address your concerns.
As the presumed father, if a court orders you to pay child support when you don’t believe you are the father, our attorneys will help you explore your legal options. If you are a child’s mother and the father refuses to fulfill his legal parental duties, a lawyer can help determine paternity and force the father to uphold his legal duties. Since the outcome of a paternity case can have lasting and significant consequences for all parties involved, finding a skilled family attorney lawyer is essential.
From deciding custody and visitation rights to financial obligations, these cases will affect the parents’ lives for years to come. As a result, it is important to be well advised so you can protect your rights as you progress through a paternity case. Paternity matters can be time-sensitive, so it is advisable to seek legal counsel as soon as possible. Hiring an experienced Texas paternity lawyer will ensure you understand your duties and rights and will increase the likelihood of your case reaching a satisfactory conclusion.
Why Choose Holmes, Diggs & Sadler for your Paternity Case
At Holmes, Diggs & Sadler, our legal team is dedicated to providing our clients with skilled, understanding legal services as you often face complicated family matters. We understand the potential life-altering nature of paternity cases and take these matters very seriously. We will work diligently to advocate for our clients and protect their interests and rights as they determine parental status.
Our legal team has a great deal of experience and has managed many guardianship cases. These matters can be confusing and may require you to go to court. In addition to paternity cases, our lawyers are also well-versed in a variety of other family law matters like custody, alimony, and child support. Depending on how your case progresses, these topics may become relevant to your paternity case. Our attorneys have over 100 years of combined legal experience. Many of our lawyers have also distinguished themselves throughout their careers as exemplary legal professionals.
Members of our legal team have received a variety of accolades, including from Texas Monthly. Also, our attorneys have the experience needed to take on complex cases. We will endeavor to serve as an invaluable legal resource as you deal with family matters through the legal system. We firmly believe in the importance of keeping our clients well informed so they can make crucial, well-informed decisions in their cases. We also understand the private and often sensitive nature of paternity cases and will maintain complete confidentiality for our clients.
Paternity Cases We Handle
In Texas, a presumed father is the man treated as the father until parentage can be formally established. If a child was born during a marriage, the husband is typically the presumed father. In certain circumstances, a man may be presumed as the father if he voluntarily fulfills the role. For example, by signing the birth certificate or treating the child as his own, a man may become the presumed father. When paternity is established, in addition to necessary financial support, the child or children have the following rights from the father:
- Right to inherit
- Eligible for health benefits from father’s insurance policy
- Social security benefits
- Death benefits
Either parent may seek to establish paternity by requesting paternity tests. Establishing paternity holds great importance because both parents have duties they must fulfill for their children. Only if paternity is determined will the father will have legal responsibilities and rights under the law.
Methods for Testing Paternity
To establish paternity, the court will allow an alleged father to take a paternity test. Paternity tests are a fast and reliable means for establishing biological paternity. Though many different tests are available, some are used more frequently than others. The most common forms of paternity tests involve taking various elements from a child and his or her potential father, such as:
- Hair follicles
- Blood samples
- Spit-swab samples
These types of DNA tests are all possible ways to determine the paternity of one or more children, though other tests are also possible depending on the circumstances of the case. For instance, if paternity needs to be tested at the birth of a child, medical professionals can collect the umbilical cord might be collected and compared it with the father’s DNA. If a man feels that his presumed paternity is not warranted, he can attempt to disprove and refute the parentage through legal processes. A lawyer will keep alleged fathers aware of their legal rights and help them explore their options moving forward.
When you seek to secure a child custody arrangement or change your existing child support agreement, it might be necessary to prove your child’s paternity beyond any doubt. With modern DNA tests available, it is often a simple process to determine parentage through a quick analysis. Although each case is different, you don’t need to navigate the legal complexities of your case alone. Reach out to an experienced family lawyer today for help establishing parentage.
The outcome of a paternity test can have a drastic impact on your life and your child’s life. With the support of a lawyer, you can feel confident that your rights are upheld throughout the legal process. Our lawyers are here to help you uncover the truth and legally access the resources that your child deserves.
The experienced attorneys of Holmes, Diggs & Sadler can guide you through the necessary steps to determine paternity and take appropriate action regarding your child’s rights. Contact us today by calling (713) 802-1777 to schedule a consultation with a member of our legal team to learn more about how we can help you with your paternity questions.