At the BB Law Group PLLC, our Woodlands paternity actions lawyers are well aware of the fact that parents have a responsibility to protect and care for their children, a duty that can be enforced by the court in the form of child support, child custody, and child visitation orders. When facing these legal actions, it is important to establish paternity to ensure that you are afforded the parental rights you deserve. Although paternity actions and paternity suits can be complicated, a knowledgeable legal representative can protect your interests and guide you through this process.
If you or someone you know is involved in a paternity dispute, an experienced Woodlands paternity actions attorney from the BB Law Group PLLC can help you understand your legal options and determine the course of action you should take. For more information about the different types of paternity actions, or to learn more about what our attorneys can do to help you, contact our offices today at (832) 534-2589.
Importance of Paternity
Demonstrating the paternity of a child can be of considerable importance under the law. If parentage can be definitively established, a number of rights and responsibilities may fall to that person, including:
- Child support payments
- Child custody
- Child visitation rights
When you need to prove the paternity of a child, a dedicated Woodlands paternity actions attorney can be a significant asset to your case.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you are considering filing a paternity lawsuit, you likely have many questions about the process, how it is enforced, and your legal options. While there is no substitute for discussing your questions during a face-to-face meeting with an experienced attorney, we have provided the answers to some frequently asked questions below. We strongly suggest that you contact us to discuss any specific questions you may have about your legal options if you are in need of help with a paternity case, so call us at (832) 534-2589 today.
How is paternity determined?
Paternity is often determined by using highly accurate tests that are conducted on blood samples or tissue samples provided by the father. Blood and DNA testing have an extremely high range of accuracy, typically somewhere between ninety and ninety-nine percent. They are very effective at excluding men who cannot be the child’s father and can indicate with a high level of likelihood if a man is the child’s biological father. Once the paternity of the child is established, the father may be eligible for visitation or custody of the child. Also, the biological father may be required to pay child support, or he may face enforcement measures by the court, including property liens, wage garnishment, and even jail time in extreme cases.
What is the purpose of filing a paternity suit?
Paternity lawsuits are often utilized for a number of reasons, by both potential fathers and mothers of children whose paternity is in question. In most cases, these suits are filed to establish a moral or financial responsibility for the child, or they may be filed for custody or visitation rights. In some cases, a paternity suit may be used by either side to settle any uncertainty or other issues associated with the child. Paternity suits may also be filed by children who are looking to establish or verify a parental relationship. In order to file a suit, you must have justification for doing so, or as the court refers it: “standing.” Parties that typically have standing in a paternity suit are the state, the father, the mother, or the child.
Why do I need an attorney?
While some people may try to navigate a paternity suit without the help of an attorney, it is not recommended that you do so. Without experience or the intricate knowledge of family laws in Texas, there is a good chance that you will not achieve the results you are looking for in your case. An experienced attorney can investigate your claim, advise you of your rights, and will help you navigate the often-confusing and dense legal process to help you get the answers and support that you are looking for. Don’t leave your paternity lawsuit up to chance, and don’t trust it in the hands of an inexperienced lawyer. Turn to the law firm that so many others in The Woodlands have trusted with their case: BB Law Group PLLC.
If you or someone you know needs legal assistance in any type of paternity dispute, the Woodlands paternity actions lawyers from the BB Law Group PLLC can provide you with the representation you need. Contact our offices today at (832) 534-2589 to discuss your case with a knowledgeable legal professional and learn more about your rights and options under the law.