An Important Issue for Children and Parents: Paternity and Father’s Rights
Establishing a child’s paternity can be a difficult issue for some parents. Mothers and alleged fathers are often on opposing sides of paternity suits, fighting bitterly over issues such as child support and visitation. In situations such as these, you need an experienced family law attorney on your side.
Attorney Bruce Turner at Bennett, Weston, LaJone & Turner, P.C., represents mothers and fathers in paternity actions. He brings 35 years of experience to each case, as well as a thorough understanding of Texas family law. Whether you are establishing paternity to secure child custody and visitation rights or you are seeking child support payments, our Dallas paternity and father’s rights attorney can assist you.
When Custody and Child Support Are at Stake
In some situations, unmarried parents may have an amicable relationship but choose to establish paternity for the sake of the child. In Texas, the court needs to establish parentage before granting custodial rights; an unmarried father must get the court to establish the father’s rights –by recognizing him as the child’s father– before rights to child custody and visitation can begin. Further, paternity is also a critical because it gives the child access to child support and additional benefits.
However, not every case proceeds smoothly. Some unwed fathers do not want to be burdened with child support and visitation. In other cases, divorced men seek to end their involvement with the child, while others want to enforce their visitation rights. Often, paternity suits are filed by unwed or divorced mothers who want to enforce payment of child support.
Our attorneys discuss the facts of the case with each client, providing advice on issues such as the likely amount of child support, custody and visitation issues and whether DNA testing is necessary to determine paternity. We also help clients answer questions about what their primary objective is in the paternity action: custody or money. We must understand our clients’ goals in order to help them.
After discussing our clients’ objectives, we give them as many options as possible and pursue the one that makes sense in their situations. To make an appointment with Dallas parental rights attorney, Bruce E. Tuner, call (800) 486-9553, or contact us online.