Establishing Paternity In Texas

When a child is born, the mother's rights to the child are automatic. This is not the case for fathers, even though they are the biological parent. Whether a mother or father wants to obtain a child support order, custody or visitation rights, they must first establish paternity.

At Hoppes & Cutrer, we represent parents in uncontested and contested paternity hearings in Tarrant County, Texas. With two attorneys certified as experts in family law and each having 20-plus years of experience exclusively in Tarrant County, you can trust that we will handle your case effectively.

Parents Can Establish Paternity In Three Ways

Paternity can be established in three ways under Texas family law, by:

  • Presumption: When a child is born to married parents, the husband is presumed to be the father. This is a rebuttable presumption, which means that a man who believes that he is the biological father can seek to establish paternity in court.
  • Acknowledgement: When a child is born to parents who are not married, they can sign an Acknowledgement of Paternity. This is an administrative document that becomes legally effective when filed with the Texas Vital Statistics Unit (VSU).
  • Court order: A court order is required in cases in which parents are unsure of paternity, contest the paternity of a child or wish to rebut the presumption of a married father.

Contact Our Lawyers And Establish Your Rights

Whether you have questions about your parental rights or need to establish or contest paternity, we can help.

Please call our office in Hurst at 817-864-8594 to schedule your comprehensive consultation with attorney Lisa Hoppes or Anita Cutrer. You may also send us your information, and we will contact you.