The role of each parent can be vital in the upbringing of a child, and the State of Texas has a comprehensive law on establishing or disputing parentage. The Texas Family Code sets out the procedures and factors for presumed fathers, adjudication of fathers, and acknowledgment of paternity, as well as parentage related to assisted reproduction and intended parents under those agreements.
Determining the legal parents of a child is crucial in child custody and child support cases, and for the child’s best interest. If you are currently facing paternity case, regardless of its complexity, a knowledgeable and experienced family law attorney can provide you the assistance you need.
Lackey Law Firm P.C. has represented men and women in the Austin, Texas area in paternity and other parentage cases.
What is a Paternity or Parentage Case?
Determining the legal, biological father or parent, and acknowledging that person’s rights and responsibilities to the child can be simple if both parties are cooperating. However, it can become complex and reach the courtroom due to various scenarios.
Alicia Lackey assists clients in a variety of positions related to paternity, whether it is a mother seeking to establish or deny a man’s paternity, a father seeking to be listed on or removed from a child’s birth certificate, or a party in an assisted reproduction case.
- Adjudicated Father – an adjudicated father is a man who has been adjudicated by a court to be the father of a child. This determination can sometimes be necessary to establish parental rights and duties to a child, as well as issues like conservatorship, visitation and child support.
- Assisted reproduction – is defined as a method of causing pregnancy other than sexual intercourse, including: intrauterine insemination; donation of eggs; donation of embryos; in vitro fertilization and transfer of embryos; and intracytoplasmic sperm injection. In these circumstances, agreements are sometimes necessary to protect the parties to the process in establishing the intended parents of a child born to a gestation mother regardless of whether either individual has a genetic relationship with the child.
- Genetic Testing – or DNA testing, is a formal analysis of an individual’s genetic markers to exclude or identify a man as the biological father of a child or a woman as the biological mother of a child.
- Presumed Father – in Texas, a presumed father is a man who, by operation of law, is recognized as the father of a child until that status is rebutted or confirmed in a judicial proceeding.
Whether you are seeking to determine or establish the parentage of a child, there are important timelines that can affect your rights. A qualified family law attorney can assist in pursuing a case for parentage or paternity.
Why Lackey Law Firm?
Experienced Family Law Attorney – Alicia Lackey has experience in paternity and other cases related to family law, as well as in other useful fields such as litigation, criminal defense, and immigration in the Austin and Fredericksburg, Texas area.*
Dedication – You can expect professional, honest, and personalized legal services when you hire Alicia Lackey to be your legal defense. You deserve an attorney that listens to your particular needs, as well as keeps you informed towards the success of each case.
Compassion for Every Client – Aside from being skilled and knowledgeable in law, Alicia Lackey is an advocate for clients in building a better community in Texas, helping one family at a time.
Call now or fill out the Free Case Evaluation form to schedule a free phone consultation so Alicia can help protect the welfare of your child, aid in your visitation rights, or help contest your financial obligations through a successful paternity case.
Lackey Law Firm, P.C. accepts Paternity and other Family Law related cases in Fredericksburg, Austin, Bee Cave, Lakeway, Rollingwood, West Lake Hills, The Hills, Spicewood, Dripping Springs, Stonewall, Harper, Luckenbach, Llano, Kingsland, Sunrise Beach, Buchanan Dam, Boerne, Comfort, Fair Oaks Ranch, Oak Hill, Cedar Park, Leander, Round Rock, Georgetown, Pflugerville, Liberty Hill, Burnet, Bertram, Marble Falls, Horseshoe Bay, Kerrville, Ingram, Johnson City, and Blanco.*
*Main Office is located in Austin Texas. All office locations are staffed by appointment only.