Consult a Paternity Lawyer
Establishing paternity can have long-reaching benefits for children, such as allowing them to receive financial and emotional support from both parents. A paternity lawyer with the Family Law firm of Donna J. Smiedt in Arlington, TX, can help you through matters of paternity law to protect the best interests of your family. Schedule a consultation by contacting us online or calling 817-572-9900.
What is Paternity?
In Texas, paternity is defined as having been established as the legal father of a child. This can be accomplished in a number of ways. Some of the most important reasons a mother or father would seek to have paternity established include:
- To receive child support, or establish that child support payments are not due.
- To establish a custody and visitation arrangement.
- To modify custody.
- To provide the emotional advantages that come from having a father-child relationship.
Once paternity has been established, both the child and father benefit from the confirmation of parentage. Much-needed financial support and the opportunity to establish a meaningful bond can be gained from bringing a legal action to establish paternity.
Whether your needs are related to an adoption, a custody or visitation dispute, or the need to collect child support or eliminate the obligation to pay support, Donna can help.
How is Paternity Established?
Paternity can be established in a number of ways:
- By the mother and father voluntarily agreeing to paternity. This can be established through written acknowledgment, or through a court order agreed upon by the parties.
- A legal proceeding can be initiated to establish paternity. In this instance, the court will ultimately issue an order regarding paternity.
- DNA testing can be performed to confirm paternity.
Why Hire an Attorney?
Unfortunately, disputes involving a question of paternity are often complex and quite difficult to resolve in an amicable way. In some instances, a man believed to be the father of a child may not wish to become responsible for paying child support, and therefore refuse to cooperate in any effort to establish paternity. In others, a mother may not want a man believed to be the father of a child to have a relationship with that child.
A paternity lawyer can handle the legalities of your case and pursue justice on your behalf. This allows you to cope with the stress of these disputes without the added challenge of navigating the legal system on your own. More importantly, a lawyer's knowledge of the laws pertaining to these disputes can greatly improve the chances that the child's best interests will be protected. Whether your needs are related to an adoption, a custody or visitation dispute, or the need to collect child support or eliminate the obligation to pay support, a family law attorney can help.
Contact A Paternity Lawyer Today
The Family Law Firm of Donna J. Smiedt has helped many clients navigate complex family law cases in which the establishment of paternity is crucial. Every case comes with its own set of circumstances, and Donna is prepared to meet your needs. Let us help with your case today. For more information about what to expect and how to get started, call our office at 817-572-9900, or contact us online.