Legally establishing parentage is a vitally important process for families in Texas. Often, it is a necessary first step in family law litigation. When a child is born to parents who are not married, or to married same-sex couples, there are additional legal actions that need to be taken in order to guarantee parental rights. This includes your right to be listed on the birth certificate and, if you are separated from the other parent, to have custody, visitation and support for the child legally established through a court order.
It is important to remember that child custody orders and child support orders are there for the protection of both parents, even the non-custodial parent. You will want to establish your parental rights as early as possible in your child’s life to avoid future legal headaches that may arise in the future from failing to do so.
Whether you are needing to establish paternity to protect your role in your child’s future, or are a same sex-couple exploring a gestational agreement or needing an adoption, our family law attorneys can help you weigh all of your options so that you can make an informed decision on what is best for you and your family.
Contact us to discuss how you can secure your rights as a parent in your child’s life.