Houston Paternity Lawyer
Paternity establishes the identity of your child's father. In some cases, the law assumes paternity; in others - such as the case of an unmarried couple - the child's parents must legally establish the identity of the father. At Boudreaux Hunter & Associates, LLC, we know that nothing is more important to you than the safety and well-being of your children, and we believe every child has the right to a healthy and beneficial relationship with his or her father.
Our Approach to Paternity Cases in Houston, Texas
Using a collaborative approach to family law, our Houston paternity attorneys can empower you to stand up for your child's rights and your rights as a parent. Our lawyers are not only empathetic, but talented and passionate about helping families like yours. When you work with us, you are the ultimate decision maker; our team is simply here to empower you with the guidance and information you need.
Legal Reasons to Establish Paternity
- To get visitation rights
- To seek official custody of your child
- To modify your current child custody agreement
- To get an official order for child support
In addition to these legal benefits / reasons, paternity allows the child to know who his or her father is and to establish a relationship with both parents.
Paternity Testing Process in Texas
The easiest way to establish paternity is through an Acknowledgement of Paternity form. In short, Acknowledgement of Paternity is a legal form signed by the child's mother and father. If the child already has a legally presumed father, he must sign the document as well. The law presumes a man is the child's father if he is married to the mother when the child is born; was married to the mother within 300 days of the child's birth, or he married the child's mother and claimed paternity voluntarily.
You can obtain an Acknowledgement of Paternity form the hospital where your child is born. If you sign the document when the child is born, the hospital will file it with the Texas Vital Statistics Unit. Although it's easiest to sign the form immediately after the child is born, some parents don't understand the need for legal paternity until later. In this situation, you can complete the form at the office of a certified entity. The certified entity will file the form with the Texas Vital Statistics Unit.
Why You Need a Paternity Lawyer in Houston, TX
Paternity helps mothers and fathers. Most importantly, it helps children. If you're facing a legal matter related to your child's parentage, get in touch with the Houston family law attorneys at Boudreaux Hunter & Associates, LLC for skilled legal guidance. We communicate openly with our clients and use a team approach to seek the results our clients need, so call our office today.
Contact Boudreaux Hunter & Associates, LLC at (713) 766-6283 today.