In Texas, paternity means that a child has a legal father. Unlike married couples, a child born to unmarried parents does not have a recognized biological father. This means that an unmarried biological father does not have legal rights to the child until paternity is established and he becomes a legal parent.
There's an old saying that one cannot be "a little bit pregnant." That is to say, a person is either pregnant or she is not. Similarly, in a biological sense, a man is either the father of a child or he is not. Legally speaking however, things are a bit more complicated. For example, if a couple is married, any child born to a female partner is presumed to be the child of a legal husband, until that presumption is overcome by evidence. A non-married man may also be considered the father of a child if he has made an official acknowledgement of paternity, either at birth of subsequently. But what if he later decides he is wrong? Is it possible for a Texas 'father' to disavow the paternity of a child?
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.
Over the last few decades it is becoming increasingly apparent that the role the father plays in a child's upbringing is vitally important to a child's wellbeing. In the past, it was believed by many that the maternal instincts and relationship between mother and child were deemed most important. Today, however, fathers are also acknowledged, and the courts are making certain that father's rights are protected.
Establishing paternity is important for fathers, children and families. When a couple is married at the time of child's birth, the paternity of the child is presumed. While the husband is assumed to be the father of the child if the couple is married when the child is born, there is no similar presumption of paternity if the parents are unmarried. It is important for unmarried couples to establish paternity of a child for a variety of reasons and it may be necessary for married couples to challenge the paternity of a child.
Paternity in Texas has many different aspects that come up under the law. One issue that can be complicated has to do with mistaken paternity. This can be related to paternity fraud, confusion with potential biological fathers, paternity actions and more. The state has taken steps to deal with factors that commonly arise with mistaken paternity.
Some Dallas parents might have concerns when it comes to the establishment of paternity, the identification of biological fathers, child support and other issues. Understanding how to navigate this complex legal matter is imperative, particularly when it is between unmarried parents. Having a grasp of certain facts surrounding paternity is a key to settling these matters.
Whenever a couple in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex is preparing to welcome a child into the world, it can be a joyful yet busy time. Between the prenatal appointments and preparing a living space for the new addition, the couple probably have a lot on their mind. One thing the couple may have to do, if they are unmarried when the child is born, is establish the paternity of the baby. This blog post will provide a little information on the benefits of this legal process.
When it comes to views on parental leave the United States still tends to lag behind other developed countries. Most new Texas parents likely would agree with this assessment. Mothers tend to get the lion's share of the time off compared to what fathers get.
We have already established in previous posts on paternity that the state of Texas takes a very proactive stance. The reason for that is the desire on the part of the government to be sure that a child's needs are being met and that the parents of the child are picking up as much of the cost of meeting those needs as possible.