Waco Paternity Lawyer
At Dunnam & Dunnam in Waco, we represent women and men through the paternity process. If you are a mother seeking to prove the paternity of your child or a man seeking to establish or dispute paternity, please call Dunnam & Dunnam today at 254-753-6437 to schedule a free 30 minute consultation.
Legally establishing paternity, either through agreement or through DNA testing, enables the courts to address important issues such as child custody, child support and visitation in cases where a child is born to unmarried couples or where actual paternity is in doubt.
Not only can the mother or probable father file a suit to determine paternity, but the child (or representative of the child) or a government agency may pursue such action. Paternity suits may be brought before the child is born and up to two years after the child reaches legal adulthood at 18. The costs of filing a paternity suit and the necessary testing are usually divided between both parties, although a judge can rule otherwise.
Under Texas law, when a child is conceived in or born into a marriage, the husband is presumed to be the legal and actual father. A paternity suit can be brought by another man who believes he is the biological father with the goal of establishing paternity and ensuring his parental rights.
A husband may also contest the paternity of a child conceived or born in marriage, although success in these cases requires overcoming a legal presumption of fatherhood.
To discuss the specifics of your case with an experienced Texas paternity lawyer, contact one of our Waco paternity lawyers at 254-753-6437.
Call us at 254-753-6437 to discuss your paternity matter with an experienced Waco family lawyer.