Houston Paternity Cases Attorneys
Determining paternity is important for establishing parental rights and responsibilities in caring for children. Not only does it show who has legal and social responsibility over a child, but it also gives a firm and accurate picture of a child’s medical history. Additionally, it can help create a bond between a father and a child that might not otherwise exist. For these and other legal reasons, determining the paternity of a child is critical for establishing child custody and support arrangements, but many people have questions about how paternity is officially tested and documented.
Methods for Testing Paternity
There are many types of paternity testing available, but some are used more frequently than others. Some of 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 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 with the father’s DNA.
When you are attempting to secure a child custody arrangement or child support agreement, it can be imperative to prove your child’s paternity beyond any doubt. 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 learn more about how we can help you with your paternity questions.