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How to Establish Paternity in Texas

Fathers play an important role in the lives of children. If you are the father of a child, you deserve to have custody of or access to your child if you and the mother are unmarried, separated, or divorced. The only way you can protect these rights, however, is if you are established as the physical or legal father of the child. Unless paternity is established, you will be unable to obtain a court order for custody or visitation of your child.

Looking to establish paternity in Texas? Our Dallas paternity attorneys can help. Contact us online or call us at (972) 852-8000 today.

Ways To Establish Paternity in Texas

Paternity can be established in a number of ways. The first is at the time of birth, where the father signs his name on the child's birth certificate.

If you are a child's birth father but you did not sign your name on the birth certificate, you can file a notice of intent to claim paternity with the Texas Department of State Health Services so that your name is added to the registry. If your request to claim paternity is denied by the mother, you may have to go to court to prove that you are the child's father and that the child needs you in his or her life.

The court makes decisions based on the child's best interests, so you will need a skilled Dallas paternity lawyer to litigate on your behalf. You will also need a lawyer to represent you if you are not the child's father by blood, but need to establish paternity through marriage and legal guardianship.

Hire a Dallas Paternity Attorney from O’Neil Wysocki

Our attorneys at O’Neil Wysocki P.C. Law have more than 155 collective years of experience. We have not one, but three board certified family law specialists that have what it takes to counsel you through this process, even if court is necessary. You will never have only one person handling your case, but rather an entire team of advocates on your side. Contact us as soon as possible to help you establish paternity and protect your fathers' rights. We serve clients throughout Texas!

Call O’Neil Wysocki P.C. at (972) 852-8000!

Commonly Asked Questions

What are the benefits of establishing paternity in Texas?

Establishing paternity in Texas is crucial for securing your rights as a father. It allows you to seek custody or visitation rights and ensures that your child can benefit from your support, both emotionally and financially. Additionally, it provides your child with legal rights to inheritance, Social Security, and health insurance benefits. Establishing paternity also helps in creating a bond between you and your child, which is essential for their overall well-being.

Can I establish paternity if I am not the biological father?

Yes, you can establish paternity even if you are not the biological father. This can be done through marriage or legal guardianship. If you have been acting as the child's father and wish to continue in that role, a Dallas paternity lawyer can help you navigate the legal requirements to establish paternity and secure your rights. This can be particularly important for the child's stability and well-being.

What should I do if the mother denies my paternity claim?

If the mother denies your paternity claim, you will need to take legal action to establish your rights. This typically involves filing a paternity suit in court. The court will then order a DNA test to determine biological paternity. Having a Dallas paternity attorney by your side can significantly improve your chances of a favorable outcome, as they can guide you through the legal process and advocate for your rights.

Why should I hire a Dallas paternity attorney from O'Neil Wysocki?

Hiring a Dallas paternity attorney from O'Neil Wysocki ensures that you have a dedicated team of advocates on your side. With over 155 collective years of experience and three board-certified family law specialists, O'Neil Wysocki offers unparalleled legal representation. That includes the recognition of a Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent® Rating for Attorney O'Neil as a testament to upholding high ethical standards, as well as the highest possible rating of 10.0 Superb from Avvo due to experience and achievements. We are committed to protecting your rights, and we will guide you through every step of the paternity establishment process, whether it involves negotiation or litigation.

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