Paternity (Suit Affecting the Parent-Child Relationship or SAPCR)
A paternity suit may be filed by a mother of a child in an attempt to establish that a particular man is the father of that child, or by a man seeking to either prove or disprove his paternity of a child.
Legally determining paternity
In Texas today, paternity is almost always determined by genetic testing. If there is a question as to who is the father of a child, the court will normally order a DNA test. The results of the test will be considered conclusive proof of paternity. However, there are some time limits imposed by law compelling you to seek resolution of paternity issues while a child is still young. It is best to seek legal counsel quickly if paternity needs to be legally established, or if you believe you have been incorrectly determined to be a child's father.
Preserving parental rightsIf a man believes he is the father of a child, and he does not have visitation rights, or other rights to the child, he may file a petition seeking to determine his paternity and to establish his rights and duties with respect to conservatorship, support, and access to his child. It is critically important to have a good legal team working with you in any paternity action to ensure the best possible outcome for you and your child.
Eddington Worley, PC