Paternity Attorneys in Galveston
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When two unwed parents have a child, paternity must be established. Establishing paternity can benefit the father, mother, and especially the child. At The Law Offices and Mediation Center of Susan M. Edmonson in Galveston, our paternity team is experienced in representing such cases and will guide you through every step of this process to ensure your child’s best interests are served and your parental rights are protected.
Why is Establishing Paternity Important?
Establishing paternity is crucial for a variety of reasons and it can be accomplished through a few different methods. If you know who the father of your child is and there is no dispute over the matter, one of the easiest ways to establish paternity is through an “Acknowledgment of Paternity,” which requires signatures from both the child’s father and mother. The form can be obtained at the local birth registrar, the Vital Statistics Unit, the hospital, or the Attorney General’s Child Support Office.
If the father of your child is not cooperative, you can still establish paternity, which our family law team can assist you with. To establish paternity, you must obtain a court order by filing a petition with your local circuit court or family court. A paternity test will then be ordered to determine the paternity of the child.
The Benefits of Establishing Paternity
Establishing paternity is beneficial for everyone involved. Not only will the child be able to have a relationship with both parents, but knowing the family’s history will also be helpful for medical reasons.
Here are some additional benefits:
- The mother will be able to share parenting responsibilities, including the costs of raising the child by seeking court ordered child support.
- The father will gain legal rights to the child and can petition the court for child custody or visitation rights.
- The father can establish a bond with the child and participate in the child’s life and upbringing.
Schedule a Consultation with One of Our Paternity Attorneys Today!
If you would like to establish paternity, the legal team at The Law Offices and Mediation Center of Susan M. Edmonson in Galveston can provide the knowledgeable legal support you need to get through every step of the process. We understand how important it is for a family to establish paternity and will work with you to ensure the best results.