When an unmarried woman gives birth in Texas, her child has no legally recognized father until paternity is formally acknowledged or established. Couples who plan to share parenting responsibilities on some level, or at least cooperate for the benefit of the child, can simply sign an Acknowledgement of Paternity (AOP).
Unfortunately, this often does not happen when the child is born, so legal action becomes necessary in the months or years afterward.
If you are a mother who wants to establish paternity and obtain child support and health insurance payments to safeguard the well-being of you and your child, the law is on your side regardless of the father’s cooperation.
Whether you are looking to establish your rights as a father, or have reason to doubt that you are the actual father in a child support order, discovering the truth is key to your case. Our seasoned family law attorneys can fight to protect what matters to you while ensuring your legal rights are protected.
To get the answers you need regarding a paternity case, call Hendershot, Cannon, Martin & Hisey, P.C. today. We have over a century of collective legal experience at our firm, with a reputation for creating clear and effective solutions. Our Houston family lawyers work as a team, winning powerful results in challenging legal situations. Let us exceed your expectations—we want to fight for best possible outcome for you.
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Both men and women benefit from the results of a paternity test. The rights of each are built on the facts—and there’s no fact more important than the identity of the genetic father of the child. DNA testing to confirm or disprove parentage is accurate, painless and readily available throughout Texas.
If you are ready to move forward with a paternity action, we have the knowledge and experience to help you.
If you think a child is yours, but don't have proof, you will have no legal right to contact with that child. Should the mother pass away or become unable to care for the child, you will have no say. For most men, these are unconscionable restrictions, and it does not have to be that way.
Conversely, for a mother, paternity must be lawfully established before any child support order can be sought or obtained. As a mother, you almost certainly want your child to be as financially secure as possible—he or she may also be eligible for affordable insurance coverage or other crucial benefits via the father.
The threat of a paternity lawsuit may have put you in a very uncertain position, or even a desperate one. Not only is litigation often very costly, but you may be justifiably worried about the impact on other relationships.
Once paternity is established, an enforceable child support order is a near certainty. The amount can vary widely based on many factors, but that obligation could stand until the child is 18 or older. We are adept at exposing, analyzing, and presenting financial information when needed to ensure that orders are just and reasonable.
The best legal counsel in any of these situations is counsel that emphasizes all-out preparation for any twist or turn. When you need to assert your child's right to financial support, we plan strategically to accomplish that goal.
Our family law team has technological resources to communicate with you effectively, even if you are stationed in the military or live and work outside of Texas. Using Skype videoconferencing capabilities, email, and other methods, we frequently assist active-duty service members with paternity proceedings and other pivotal matters.
Regardless of the complexity or nature of your case, Hendershot, Cannon, Martin & Hisey, P.C. has the experience and resources to get you answers. We have successfully handled hundreds of complex family law cases in Houston and throughout Texas. Our reputation is built on genuine, long-term relationships, offering clear solutions for high-stakes situations. Let us help you fight for the outcome you need.
Call (713) 909-7323 today, or contact our firm with a short online form. We look forward to speaking with you in a confidential consultation.