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The importance of establishing paternity for your child

Unmarried mothers and fathers are frequently at odds when it comes to child support, custody and visitation matters. When paternity has not been established, however, they become even more difficult to resolve. Texas courts require that paternity be established before a ruling is made on such issues.

If you are an unmarried father who wants to be involved in raising your child, the court can only consider granting you legal and custodial or visitation rights after you establish paternity and prove to the court that you are the biological father of the child. While establishing paternity is required for you to gain parental rights as a father, it also gives your child additional benefits. Your child may receive better health care with access to your family medical history and becomes entitled to your financial benefits, such as Social Security. The child also gains the right to child support if you are not the custodial parent.

If you are an unmarried mother, the father may not want to be involved in the raising of your child. This could even happen if you and the father are divorced. When paternity is not already established, however, you have the right to file a paternity suit to seek financial help in raising your child from the father in the form of child support. The court may order the alleged father to take a paternity test, in which you and your child also participate. The test only requires a swab of DNA from the inside of everyone's cheeks. It usually takes a couple weeks for the samples to be sent to the lab and compared for matching DNA.

Our firm has extensive experience in providing representation in these types of matters. For more information on the services that we can provide, you are invited to visit our page on establishing paternity.

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