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Dallas Paternity Lawyer

Working to Establish Paternity

If the parentage of your child is contested, we can help with the legal steps to prove or disprove paternity. Though the process isn’t always easy—legally or emotionally—our Dallas paternity lawyers support our clients every step of the way, through research, fact-finding, the courtroom, and beyond.

Request a complimentary consultation with Garza Law Firm to learn about the first steps in your paternity case. Call (214) 225-4344 or contact us online today.

Proving Paternity

Paternity testIf a child’s mother is married, her husband is automatically considered the legal father of her child. If someone other than the mother’s husband is alleged to be the father, all parties involved must sign an Acknowledgement of Paternity (AOP).

If there is any dispute about paternity, an alleged father can go through the Office of the Attorney General to file a petition to establish a biological father. At that point, it’s relatively easy to prove paternity—a simple cheek swab test is performed by a certified agency. Reliable DNA results are available within a few weeks.

Disproving Paternity

To disprove paternity, a petitioner’s supporting affidavit must show that the legal father:

  • Is not the genetic father of the child
  • Was mistakenly named the legal father of the child
  • Believed he was the father of the child due to misrepresentation
  • Did not adopt the child
  • Did not use assisted reproduction to conceive the child with the child’s mother
  • Was not the intended father under a gestational agreement

A man may mistakenly be named the legal father of the child if he believed he was the father and signed an AOP without taking a genetic test. Alternatively, if the man does not contest parentage, a court order may be used to name a man the legal father of the child.

If mistaken paternity can be proved, Texas courts may terminate the duty to pay child support.

Get Legal Help

We know paternity can be a complicated and emotionally difficult subject. No matter your situation, we can provide the legal support you need to find out the truth and have it acknowledged in court.

Call our Dallas paternity lawyers to learn more at (214) 225-4344.

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  • “I want to thank you and your staff for all the assistance I received during the process. Your response and explanation of the process from the beginning to the end. Thank you.”

    - Emilia O.
  • “I would like to thank you Mr. Garza for all of your hard work. You were able to do what I couldn’t do in my divorce. I just want to thank you again for everything.”

    - Ashala B.
  • “Marc – Many thanks for your professionalism and talent in settling our case. Good lawyers like us areable to work things out – and in this case, rather rapidly!”

    - Steve B. (opposing counsel in a case)
  • “Marc, we wanted to express our sincere gratitude for your assistance with the adoption. We are forever grateful. Your service was outstanding!”

    - Heidi A.
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