How Paternity Cases Work In Texas

Paternity Lawyer

The Texas Family Code governs paternity actions in Texas. Paternity actions can be filed by both men and women. At The Law Office of Zoe Meigs, P.C., I represent men who are being sued for paternity or want to establish their rights as fathers, as well as women who are seeking to establish paternity of their children. As an attorney, I can provide clients with the advocacy they need to defend their rights and their children's well-being.

One important thing to keep in mind is that as soon as paternity has been established by the court, fathers have access to parenting time and may also be responsible for child support payments. Therefore, paternity actions can have a serious impact on your life and your child's life. Call me today at 817-381-9905 to discuss your rights and the paternity process.

How Is Paternity Established?

Thanks to modern DNA testing, it is relatively easy to determine whether or not a man is the father of a child. Usually this testing is done with a simple and inexpensive blood test. If a DNA test shows that there is at least a 99 percent probability that a man is the father, then the court will name the man the child's legal father. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you have about this process.

Paternity Was Established. Now What?

In many cases, the next step after getting paternity established is getting a child support order in place. Fathers may also choose to pursue a child custody and visitation agreement in order to be able to spend time with their children. My law firm assists both fathers and mothers with paternity and post-paternity proceedings, and I can handle any legal issue that may come up along the way.

Although paternity actions can be complex and contentious, I try to remind my clients that establishing a legal relationship between a father and a child can enrich both lives in most circumstances. Contact a Fort Worth lawyer today to discuss the paternity process and your rights under the law.