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Dallas Paternity Lawyer

Experienced Legal Counsel for Paternity Actions

Establishing a child's paternity has an effect not just on the father and child, but on everyone who helps raise the child. The implications of paternity cover the spectrum of emotional, financial and legal issues.

At the Law Offices of Mary Ann Beaty, P.C., we understand the important role paternity plays in a child's life. We represent fathers and mothers in paternity actions. You can rely on us for confidentiality and respect throughout your case. To make an appointment with a Dallas paternity attorney, please call 800-491-7565 or contact us online.

A Lawyer Can Protect Your Rights

In Texas, children born during a marriage are considered the husband's children. If either parent believes that the husband is not the biological father, paternity needs to be determined, before a divorce decree is rendered ordering that man as the father.

For unmarried parents, establishing or challenging paternity should occur preferably before the child turns 4 years old. It is important for unmarried fathers to be legally recognized as the child's father. Their rights to child custody and visitation cannot begin until paternity is established. Paternity is also important because it gives the child access to child support and other benefits such as health care and inheritance rights.

A paternity action can be filed by either the mother or the alleged father. DNA testing is used to prove or disprove paternity. If you have been wrongly named as the father, you can file a paternity suit to prove that you are not the biological father.

Whether you need to establish paternity for child support or seek fathers' rights, we can help. Please call our office at 800-491-7565 to schedule an appointment with a Plano fathers' rights attorney.