paternity & parentage in Texas
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What is a Parentage/Paternity suit?
A parentage/paternity suit is filed in order to confirm or prove the identity of a child’s parent (primarily a father). The establishment of a parent-child relationship has a far-reaching impact, including the Court’s ability to order child support, visitation, and/or a parent’s rights to a child. A parentage case is for fathers, mothers, grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings, same-sex marriage parents, etc. Musemeche Law, P.C. experienced in the law, the latest DNA testing technologies, and other methods for establishing or disproving the parent-child relationship.
If you are involved in a parentage case, then you’ll want to talk to a lawyer right away to help guide you through the legal process. Our family law practice is experienced in parentage, divorce and child custody cases. We will provide you with the best support and representation during this stressful time.
Parentage cases should not be taken lightly, and that’s why legal representation is a must. If you are named in a paternity case, it means that the mother of the child is trying to establish that you are the legal father.
You may have received a court order to appear before a judge. This a serious matter that should not be ignored, and you will want to have a lawyer to represent you and advise you of your rights. We never recommend that clients represent themselves.
Often, the Attorney General’s Office is the party who initiates the case. They represent the State of Texas – not you. The Attorney General’s (AG) office will bring a parentage case if a parent applies for state benefits. The AG can bring cases for child support, possession of children (visitation) and parental rights, but these cases are mostly for child support. There is also the child support review process. If you are involved in or are noticed for any hearing and/or meeting where the Attorney General is involved, it is advisable to hire an attorney right away.
One of the primary foundations of a percentage case is whether or not you or your opposing party(ies) have a case. In a parentage case, there can lie more than two paths. For example, two parents and a grandparent(s) or another third party.
Schedule a consultation with us today to discuss your parentage case options.
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