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Houston Paternity Lawyer A parentage suit is a legal action brought to establish the identity of a child’s father.

According to Texas law, children born to unwed parents do not have a legal father (a biological father is not the same as a legal father). To establish legal paternity, both parents must agree to sign an Acknowledgement of Paternity (AOP).

Motivation to File a Paternity Suit

Motivations for bringing a paternity suit to vary, but typically it is a result of one or more of the following reasons:

  • To establish legal conservatorship/custody.
  • To request a modification of custody.
  • To establish visitation rights.
  • To collect financial support.
  • To collect benefits (e.g. health insurance).

Whatever the motivation may be, ensuring your paternity lawyer is knowledgeable regarding relevant law surrounding paternity actions is an important part of the process.

Establishing Legal Orders is Crucial

Parents regularly believe entering into a private agreement regarding paternity issues is sufficient. Unfortunately, however, this is rarely the case.

Failing to establish legal orders early on often leads to problems for parents at a later date. Whether one parent refuses to allow the other parent visitation rights or one parent is claiming the other has never supported the child financially, informal agreements are inherently unreliable.

Because no court order exists, any informal agreement between parties is unenforceable.

To File a Paternity Suit in Houston, Contact Us

Pursuing a legal order establishing paternity is an important consideration for unwed parents.

The Stout Law Firm, P.L.L.C. has the right attorney to guide you through this process, an attorney knowledgeable regarding the intricacies of parentage suits in Texas.

Angela A. Stout of The Stout Law Firm, P.L.L.C. is experienced in dealing with paternity actions, and in establishing the important legal relationship between a father and his children. Contact The Stout Law Firm, P.L.L.C. today to talk to a Houston paternity attorney about your rights in relation to parentage proceedings.