Establishing Paternity and Child Support in Texas

My law firm assists mothers and fathers in resolving paternity issues in Travis County and surrounding counties.

What is paternity? Paternity establishes the legal relationship between father and child. When a child is born to married parents, the husband is presumed to be the legal, biological father. When a child is born to unmarried parents, this legal relationship can only be established through court procedures.

When married parents divorce, establishing child support is a critical component to the divorce and child custody process. However, in the case of unmarried parents, where the legal father has not been established, it is necessary to establish paternity before orders can be entered involving child support, visitation or other child custody-related issues. In Texas, paternity can be established through:

  • Voluntary Acknowledgement of Parentage signed by both parents and filed with the court
  • A petition to the court to establish parentage. DNA test/paternity test results are reviewed by the court and parentage is established (or the paternity case is dismissed).

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