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Assisting Clients With Establishing & Contesting Paternity in Texas

Getting Experienced Paternity HelpA paternity action establishes a father’s parental relationship with a child and, when successful, confers legal responsibilities and parenting rights to the father. A father might seek to establish parentage to gain custody and/or visitation rights over a child. A mother may file a paternity action to establish the father’s financial responsibility for her child.

Houston paternity attorney Cynthia Tracy has helped thousands of mothers and fathers successfully pursue paternity rights over the past three decades. Cynthia served as a managing attorney with the Texas Attorney General’s Office for over 10 years and served for 3 years as an associate judge (referee). We have the experience to effectively and efficiently handle even the most complex paternity cases.

Do you have questions regarding paternity, either as a mother or a father? Contact Cynthia Tracy, Attorney at Law, P.C. at (281) 612-5443 to get started with our paternity attorneys in Houston.

What is Paternity?

Paternity commonly refers to the legal identification of a child's father. Establishing paternity is crucial for various reasons, including child support, visitation rights, and inheritance.

How to Establish Paternity in Texas

Establishing paternity in Texas involves legally acknowledging the biological father of a child. This process ensures that both parents share the rights and responsibilities associated with parenthood. The state of Texas provides several methods for establishing paternity:

  • Voluntary Acknowledgment: One of the simplest ways to establish paternity is through a voluntary acknowledgment. Both parents can sign a legal document known as the "Acknowledgment of Paternity" at the hospital or at a later time. This document is then filed with the Texas Vital Statistics Unit, solidifying the legal relationship between the father and child.
  • Court-Ordered Paternity Testing: In cases where paternity is disputed or when one party refuses to acknowledge it voluntarily, the court may intervene. A judge can issue a court order mandating genetic testing to determine biological paternity. Once the results are available, the court will establish paternity based on the evidence presented.
  • Administrative Paternity Proceedings: The Texas Attorney General's Child Support Division can also play a role in establishing paternity. If the child receives public assistance, the Attorney General may initiate administrative proceedings to determine paternity and enforce child support obligations.
  • Marriage and Paternity Legitimation: If the parents marry after the child's birth and both consent to the husband being recognized as the legal father, the court may legitimize the child through marriage.

Advocating for Fathers' and Mothers' Rights

We also understand that fathers can feel seriously disadvantaged in family law disputes and can face significant legal challenges. Our firm helps fathers pursue and obtain their full rights regarding family law and children.

We work with dads who wish to pursue and establish paternity and the accompanying visitation and parenting rights. We also work with married, unmarried, and pregnant mothers who wish to establish paternity to receive child support. In addition, we handle paternity legal issues regarding:

We also represent men who have been served with paternity lawsuit papers. In all instances, child custody, child support, and visitation rights may be at stake. We can explain your full options and rights in a discussion.

Contact Our Houston Paternity Attorneys Today

Navigating paternity matters requires the expertise of knowledgeable legal professionals. Contact Cynthia Tracy, Attorney at Law, P.C., today to schedule a consultation with our experienced paternity attorneys in Houston. We are ready to answer your questions, address your concerns, and guide you through the legal process with compassion and expertise. Trust us to protect your rights and secure the best possible outcome for you and your family in paternity matters. For experienced and knowledgeable representation in a paternity matter, contact our firm for an initial consultation. We accept Visa and MasterCard. To contact us, call (281) 612-5443.

Contact Cynthia Tracy, Attorney at Law, P.C., today to get started with our Houston paternity lawyers.

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Texas Paternity Laws FAQ

What are the reasons for establishing paternity?

Establishing paternity is crucial for various reasons, including child support, visitation rights, and inheritance.

What are the methods for establishing paternity in Texas?

The state of Texas provides several methods for establishing paternity, including voluntary acknowledgment, court order, administrative order, and legitimation through marriage.

What types of paternity legal issues does the firm handle?

The firm handles paternity legal issues regarding children of domestic partners, children of committed but unmarried parents, and represents men who have been served with paternity lawsuit papers.

Why is it important to seek experienced legal representation for paternity matters?

Navigating paternity matters requires the expertise of knowledgeable legal professionals. Seeking experienced legal representation can help protect your rights and secure the best possible outcome for you and your family in paternity matters.

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    Cynthia B. Tracy graduated from Cornell University in 1983 and received her law degree from the Syracuse University School of Law in 1987. She was admitted to the State Bar of New York in 1988 and admitted to practice before the United States Southern District of New York federal court in 1990. Cynthia was admitted to the State Bar of Ohio in 1992. In 1995, she was admitted to the State Bar of Texas, and in 2005, she was admitted to practice before the United States Southern District of Texas ...
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