The birth of a child can be a joyous occasion for both the mother and father. Legally speaking, when a couple is married and welcomes a new baby into the world, the law presumes the husband to be the biological father of the wife's child without the need for legal paperwork or an official acknowledgement. However, for unmarried parents or those facing other unique life circumstances, establishing paternity, and the legal rights that come with it, requires additional effort.
Paternity laws, especially in Texas, are extremely particular. Because such situations can be very detailed and complex, having the assistance of an experienced attorney can mean all the difference in proceeding through the process without major issues. Avoiding such issues is important because although it may be convenient to put off paternity worries until absolutely necessary, doing so can have far reaching consequences.
When paternity is not established early after the birth of a child, several different complications can arise later on. From issues pertaining to visitation to custody, legally validating the paternity of a child is crucial to paving the way for a smoother parenting situation later in the child's life. What may seem like an inconvenience at the moment can make the situation much less contentious down the road.
At Katie L. Lewis, P.C., we have the experience and knowledge necessary to provide proper representation. No situation of paternity is exactly the same, and we pride ourselves in providing tailored approaches to each of our client's particular cases. With passion and dedication, we formulate legal plans of action that will ideally lead to a positive outcome not only for the parent involved, but of course the child or children as well. For more information, please visit our paternity page.