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Paternity Attorneys

Establishing Paternity

Paternity lawsuits may be necessary to determine parental rights, child custody or child support. If the identity of the biological father is in question, the court may order a genetic test. The results of this test can be used to establish a legal relationship between the parent and child, to determine the custody rights of the father, and to determine the extent to which the father has an obligation to support the child.

Generally, paternity lawsuits can be brought by the mother, a presumed father (in some instances the husband of the mother), a man alleged to be the father, a government agency or the child (if the child is underage, a representative must act on the child’s behalf).

Certain time limitations may exist regarding the establishment of paternity. The attorneys at Stinson Moyle, PLLC have handled paternity cases throughout Central Texas and have the experience to advocate for your interests in a paternity case.

Mistaken Paternity

In 2011, the Texas Legislature passed laws to address the issue of “mistaken paternity.” With this law, a man who has been mistakenly identified as the father of a child can file a lawsuit to challenge a prior order establishing paternity. “Mistaken paternity” describes a situation where a man has either signed an acknowledgment of paternity or has been determined by court order to be the father of a child, but the man is not actually the child’s biological father and did not know at the time that he was not the biological father.

There are time limits on filing a suit to challenge a prior order establishing paternity. If you believe you were wrongly or mistakenly identified as the father of a child or you want to establish paternity, contact the attorneys at Stinson Moyle, PLLC to find out about your rights.



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