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.
Government loves acronyms. You've got your POTUS (President of the United States), your SCOTUS (Supreme Court of the United States), FBI and CIA. In Texas we have the DSHS (Department of State Health Services) and TxDOT stands for the Department of Transportation. One that is regularly used at the OAG (Office of the Attorney General) is CSRP; which stands for Child Support Review Process.
The good of society in Texas and the United States as a whole is supposed to be maintained by the exercise of the rule of law. That goes for all the different facets of life in which individuals interact with each other. Family interactions are no different.