Legal Help For Paternity Determinations
The role of each parent can be vital in the upbringing of a child, and the state of Texas has a comprehensive law on establishing or disputing parentage. The Texas Family Code sets out the procedures and factors for presumed fathers, adjudication of fathers, and acknowledgment of paternity, as well as parentage related to assisted reproduction and intended parents under those agreements. Determining the legal parents of a child is crucial in child custody and child support cases and for the child’s best interest.
If you are currently facing a paternity case, regardless of its complexity, a knowledgeable and experienced family law attorney can provide you the assistance you need. Lackey Law Firm, P.C., has represented men and women in the Austin, Texas, area in paternity and other parentage cases.
What Is A Paternity Or Parentage Case?
Determining the legal, biological father or parent and acknowledging that person’s rights and responsibilities to the child can be simple if both parties are cooperating. However, it can become complex and reach the courtroom due to various scenarios.
Lackey Law Firm, P.C., assists clients in a variety of positions related to paternity, including those involving:
- Adjudicated father: An adjudicated father is a man who has been adjudicated by a court to be the father of a child. This determination can sometimes be necessary to establish parental rights and duties to a child, as well as issues like conservatorship, visitation and child support.
- Assisted reproduction: This term is defined as a method of causing pregnancy other than sexual intercourse, including intrauterine insemination; donation of eggs; donation of embryos; in vitro fertilization and transfer of embryos; and intracytoplasmic sperm injection. In these circumstances, agreements are sometimes necessary to protect the parties involved in the process establish the intended parents of a child born to a gestational mother, regardless of whether an individual has a genetic relationship with the child.
- Genetic testing: DNA testing is a formal analysis of an individual’s genetic markers to exclude or identify a man as the biological father of a child or a woman as the biological mother of a child.
- Presumed father: In Texas, a presumed father is a man who, by operation of law, is recognized as the father of a child until that status is rebutted or confirmed in a judicial proceeding.
Whether you are seeking to determine or establish the parentage of a child, there are important timelines that can affect your rights. A qualified family law attorney can assist in pursuing a case for parentage or paternity.
Contact An Attorney For Help With Parental Rights
Whether you are a father who wishes to establish parental rights or are a mother who wishes to determine paternity, Lackey Law Firm, P.C., can help. To schedule a consultation, call the firm’s office in Austin or the firm’s Fredericksburg location at 888-705-0307. You may also complete the online contact form.
*Main office is located in Austin, Texas. All office locations are staffed by appointment only.