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The Texas paternity process

When a mother and father disagree on the paternity of the child involved, a paternity suit could be filed in a Texas court. The suit is simply used to find out who is that father of the child. In some cases, there could be a question as to who the mother of the child is, but this is normally asked by government agencies if the child has been abandoned or adopted.

The mother is usually the person who files the paternity suit. It can be brought against another person at any time after birth if there is no presumed father. If there is a presumed father, then the suit has to be filed within four years after the child is born. A judge can order a blood test if the parties have not agreed on the parentage.

After the blood test is completed, the lab that conducted the test will give the results to the court so that the paternity of the child can be established. This is something that is beneficial in child support cases and in cases where the health of the child is in question. In the event that the male is not the parent, then the suit will be dismissed. If a woman is married, then courts in Texas will assume that the father of the child is the husband until testing proves otherwise.

When looking at paternity issues, one can seek the assistance of an attorney to bring forth a petition to the other parent to take a paternity test. If the parent does not agree, then the attorney can file the proper paperwork in court to order the parent to submit to the testing.

Source: Findlaw, "Texas Paternity Suits", September 01, 2014

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