Houston Paternity Attorney
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Paternity is when a child’s genetic father becomes the child’s legal father. Once paternity is established it serves to secure a father’s rights as a parent to the child. At Recalde Law Firm, PLLC, we have extensive experience helping families navigate the legal aspects of paternity. Our Houston family law lawyers know the many reasons that parents may try to establish paternity.
The Various Categories for Paternity
When it comes to fathers the legal system categorizes fathers in regards to their status. These can include alleged father, presumed father, acknowledged father, and adjudicated father.
An alleged father is a father who claims to be the biological father of a child or who is claimed by someone else to be the biological father of the child.
A presumed father is someone who fits one of the following categories was:
- Married to the child’s mother when the child was born
- Married to the child’s mother 300 days before the child's birth
- Married the mother after the child was born and claimed paternity with the bureau of vital statistics, on the birth certificate or in a record in which he promised to support the child
- Living with the child during the first two years of the child’s life and continuously lived with the child, representing to others that the child was his own
An acknowledged father is a man who signed a valid Acknowledgement of Paternity claiming to be the father of the child. There are special requirements for the Acknowledgement of Paternity to be valid. It is important in a paternity action to seek legal counsel.
An adjudicated father is someone who is named father of the child in a court order.
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Guiding You Through Paternity Actions
In a paternity action, the following people must be included in the suit: the child’s mother, all alleged fathers, any presumed, acknowledged or adjudicated fathers, and anyone with a court-ordered relationship with the child. In some instances, the Attorney General may have to be part of the case, if anyone receives state benefits.
If you have questions, contact our Houston family law attorneys at 832-261-0029.