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Establishing paternity in Texas, part 1

Paternity can be both a blessing and curse. It's a blessing because it grants legitimate fathers the right to care for and raise their child. It is also a curse because it can mean that non-biological fathers are forced to assume parental and financial responsibility for a child that is not theirs. This article will address the manner in which paternity is established in Texas.

Fathers have rights before birth

The media typically portrays fathers as having no rights and the courts as always siding with the mother. Once upon a time, this may have been true but it isn't any longer. Fathers have just as much right to raise their child and participate in his or her life as the mother. But, what happens when the mother puts the child's life in danger before he or she is born? Do fathers have rights to protect their unborn child? This article will go over this situation and how it may apply to you.

What is the legal significance of paternity?

Establishing paternity is critical for fathers to gain parental rights. How you establish paternity depends upon the circumstances of the birth, relationship between the parents and the relationship between the father and child. Paternity carries significant legal consequences for the child, mother and father. This article will explore those consequences and how they may apply to you.

What rights does an unmarried father have to his child?

Most fathers probably take for granted that they have parental rights over their children, which is true the majority of the time. However, it is true only because fathers tend to fulfill the requirements to gain parental rights without intending to. If you fail to meet every requirement, then it is possible that you may lack parental rights over your child. This article will explore the method in which unmarried fathers gain parental rights.

An overview of establishing paternity

An unplanned child does not mean that the parents do not love the child. The concept of the family is quickly evolving to include a variety of matches that were unthinkable even 20 years ago. These new familial configurations can bring about some legal questions, especially if the child's parents are unmarried.

Fathers provide unique and import benefits to their children

Much credence is given to the important role that mothers play in their children's emotional and intellectual development. This is, of course, all due and just. But sometimes the importance of fathers is overlooked. Contributing to this issue is the fact that over the years, women have gained more opportunities to work outside of the home and are often household breadwinners as well as mothers.

The benefits of establishing paternity

Paternity is defined as a child's legal father. This is different from biological fatherhood, which is presumed when the parents are married. Establishing paternity is an extra step unmarried fathers should take because it grants you and your child specific rights. The easiest way to do this is for both parents to sign an Acknowledgement of Paternity document; in other cases, a court order and DNA testing can establish paternity.

Paternity action establishes fatherhood for NBA player

In general, there are two reasons for a man to get a DNA test to prove if he is the father of a child. One reason is that the man does not believe he is the child's father and thus should not be held financially responsible for the child's expenses. The other reason is because the father believes he is the child's biological father and wants to have father's rights and a relationship with the child.

Challenge paternity of your child

When a child is born, depending on the circumstances, a man is presumed to be the father of that child. However, just because he is the presumed father does not mean that he is in fact the father. Should the mother or the man who has been acting as the child's father have questions or want to prove that he is or isn't the child's biological father, they may decide to challenge paternity.

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