San Antonio Paternity Lawyer
Paternity, establishing the legal identity of the father of a child, is extremely important for the well-being of children. Once paternity is established, there are laws that govern the care of the child. Paternity actions can also allow a father to either claim or dispute that legal status. If you find yourself involved in a paternity case, you need sound legal advice and effective representation.
At The Law Office of Patricia Jay, we represent clients in family law matters including divorce, custody and support as well as paternity actions. Contact our office online or at (210) 223-7100 to schedule a consultation with San Antonio paternity attorney Patricia Jay.
Establishing Paternity in Texas
In Texas, a child born to unmarried parents has no legal father. Obviously, the child has a biological father, but if the biological father is unknown or in dispute, the parentage remains unsettled. A legally binding relationship is not established unless there an Acknowledgement of Parentage (AOP) is signed by both parents or a paternity order is entered in court.
Beyond the simple fact that a child who knows who his or her parents are is likely to have better mental health than one who does not, some reasons for establishing paternity include:
- Child support: A court cannot order child support until paternity is established.
- Child custody: A father cannot enforce his right to visitation or custody until parentage is established.
- Insurance and benefits: Establishing paternity may allow the father provide health insurance or other benefits to the child.
What Can a Paternity Attorney Do for Me?
There may be situations in which a person believes that he is not the father, or has reason to believe he is not the father based on information not available when he signed an AOP. When a denial of parentage is involved, the situation becomes complicated. If a paternity action is required to settle the case, there will be DNA testing and other court procedures involved.
Attorney Patricia Jay will sit down with you, get the facts of your case and advise you on the best course of action to take. Whether you wish to deny parentage or establish it, she provides compassionate, effective representation both at the negotiating table and in court. The goal is always to do what is best for you and your family as quickly as possible, so you can get on with your lives.
Contact Our Bexar County Parentage Lawyer Today
We invite you to contact us online or at (210) 223-7100 to discuss your family law, criminal law or collections matter with a qualified lawyer. We are located in downtown San Antonio. We offer free parking. Se habla español.