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Austin, Texas Paternity Lawyers

Travis County Fathers Rights Lawyer

Paternity, Parentage and Child Support Attorneys Serving Round Rock, Georgetown and Travis County, TX

When parents are unmarried, establishing legal paternity of a child is necessary in order to ensure parental rights and responsibilities. At Powers and Kerr, PLLC, we work with both mothers and fathers seeking to prove or disprove the paternity of a child. If paternity is established, we can assist in child support matters and in working out parenting plans that operate in the child's best interest.

Determining Parentage in Texas

A key component of Texas paternity laws is the classification of the father. In Texas, a father can be classified as:

  • Presumed – If a child is born to a married couple, the husband is presumed to be the father.
  • Acknowledged – If a man signs an Acknowledgement of Paternity document and it is properly filed with the state, he is the acknowledged father.
  • Adjudicated – If a court determines the paternity of a child, the father is considered adjudicated.
  • Alleged – If a man is suspected of fathering the child but paternity has yet to be proven and the child was born out of wedlock, the father is alleged.

A father who wishes to challenge the paternity of a child will have different deadlines by which he must do so according to how he is classified. Furthermore, a Court may require a father challenging paternity to prove different circumstances depending on whether the father is presumed, acknowledged, or adjudicated.

Contact an Experienced Paternity Lawyer in Austin, TX

The process to establish paternity involves several steps and may involve voluntary DNA testing or a more rigorous court-ordered procedure. We work with mothers who wish to compel genetic testing of alleged fathers as well as fathers who wish to compel genetic testing of a child. If DNA testing proves the paternity of the child, we work with clients to make arrangements for child support, custody, and visitation.

If you are involved in a paternity matter, call 512-610-6199 or contact us today to discuss your situation.

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