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Establishing Paternity in Houston, TX

In some situations, the father of a child may be called into question. There may be an issue of marital infidelity or a child born outside of a steady relationship. In these cases, establishing legal paternity is an important step toward ensuring the father has the appropriate parental rights and responsibilities.

Petitions for paternity are one of the family law services we can guide you through at Wilfried P. Schmitz & Associates, P.C. Whether you are a mother seeking child support or a father looking to establish parental rights, we can advise you on the process of establishing paternity in Houston courts.

The Process of Establishing Paternity

There are four parties who are able to file a paternity suit: The alleged father, the mother, the child, and, in some cases, the state. No other relative or party may file suit.

The paternity suit is filed with the courts, and the affected other party is notified. They may then give a response, either in the form of a written acknowledgment of paternity, or contesting paternity. In that case, a DNA test may be ordered to confirm fatherhood.

Once fatherhood has been confirmed, it will be made official by the court system, establishing the man as the child’s legal father. Other issues, such as custody/visitation and child support, will be decided separately once paternity has been established.

Family Law Services in Houston

If you need assistance with filing a paternity suit, or handling any other family law issue, contact us today. We will schedule a consultation to consider your individual needs and will guide you through the process, ensuring you understand your options and your long-term interests are protected.

Call today at 281-486-5066 for more information about our firm.

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