Every parent has a right to fair visitation, reasonable child support, and am equitable child custody agreement, whether they are married at the time of birth of the child or not. As the father of a child, you may have a child you do not know about, a child that is allegedly yours, or a child you know is yours but do not have rights to – all because of paternity issues. Although the mother gives birth, the father still has equal rights to the child. There are fair remedies for fathers in the courts, which often start with a paternity test. Although it sounds simple enough, it is essential that an attorney be present during paternity issues to help ensure accurate results and a fair outcome.
Paternity in Beaumont
In Texas, the paternity of a minor is established when the father is presumed (as in the case of marriage), if the father voluntarily acknowledges paternity, or if the court orders a paternity test. Verifying paternity also establishes a father’s rights to his children including the right to visitation, to pass along benefits such as health insurance and inheritances, and more.
When the parents of a child are married, the state presumes that the husband is the father of the child. Paternity may also be established by presumption that includes circumstances such as:
- If the man was married to the child’s mother when the child was born
- If the man was married to the child’s mother at any time
- If the man married the mother after the birth of the child and voluntarily claimed paternity of the child on the birth certificate or other legal document
- If the man was married to the mother in the 300 days before the child was born
- If the man was present during the first two years of the child’s life and continuously lived in the home with the child
- If the man claimed to others that the child was his own
Denial of Paternity in Beaumont
A man may also deny paternity of a child if he has cause to believe there is a chance or definite possibility the child may be someone else’s. In these cases, it may be necessary for the man to sign a Denial of Paternity document and retain the services of an experienced attorney should the mother file a claim against him in court.
Beaumont Paternity Attorney
If you or someone you know has questions about establishing or denying paternity, especially in the case of divorce, it is important to obtain the counsel of a lawyer. Our firm can handle all matters related to your paternity case. We also oversee every aspect from gathering data and the necessary documents