Houston, Texas, Attorneys Handling Paternity Cases
Both parents of a child have the responsibility to care for and support their child. When a child is born out of wedlock, the biological mother or father has the right to pursue a paternity action.
A father may wish to claim paternity, because he wants to be involved in his child's life with regular court-ordered visitation. If paternity is established, he may also be ordered to pay child support until the child is 18 years old.
A mother may wish to establish paternity after the child's birth in order to receive child support, and for her child to have an ongoing relationship with her child's father.
Attorney Christine K. Lincoln also defends fathers against paternity lawsuits.
If you are involved in a paternity claim, contact attorney Christine K. Lincoln at The Lincoln Law Firm in Houston, Texas to schedule a confidential consultation.
Pursuing Fathers Rights by Going to Court
A paternity test is ordered by the court if the parents cannot agree on the identity of the father, and the alleged father must then submit to DNA testing. If the test establishes parentage, the court will then determine child support, child visitation and child custody, deciding what is in the best interests of the child.
A mother may also request reimbursement for prior child care related expenses, including medical care and health insurance, depending on the case.
If paternity is recognized, fathers who wish to be involved in their children's lives may enjoy expanded legal rights, such as physical or legal custody. Physical custody involves responsibility for meeting the child's day-to-day needs. Legal custody means that you have a say in major decisions about your child's welfare, including the health care, schools and religion.
Protecting Your Rights
With so much at stake, it is important in paternity suits to call on an experienced family law attorney — someone who can help you work out child custody arrangements that promote your best interests and those of your child.
For accomplished assistance with your paternity claim, contact The Lincoln Law Firm in Houston, Texas, to set up a confidential appointment with lawyer Christine K. Lincoln.