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The Role of Paternity Suits in Texas SAPCR Proceedings

by | Jun 19, 2023 | Child Custody, Paternity, Possession and Access

Understanding the complex tapestry of family law can be challenging, especially when navigating issues of paternity and how it ties into a Suit Affecting the Parent-Child Relationship (SAPCR). At Rose Sanders Family Law Firm, with offices in Houston, Dallas, El Paso, and McAllen, attorneys Erica Rose and Charles Sanders offer expert legal guidance to help clients understand and address these critical issues.

A paternity suit, also known as an adjudication of parentage, is a legal action initiated to legally determine the father of a child. This can be crucial in various circumstances, such as when parents are not married at the time of the child’s birth, or there’s uncertainty or dispute about the child’s biological father.

A paternity suit holds several significant implications:

  1. Establishment of Legal Rights: The legally determined father gains parental rights, including the right to request visitation or even custody of the child.
  2. Financial Responsibility: It establishes the father’s financial responsibility to the child, including child support obligations.
  3. Inheritance Rights: It secures the child’s legal rights to inherit from the father.
  4. Access to Health History: It grants the child access to the father’s medical history, which can be important for understanding potential genetic health issues.

In Texas, a paternity suit can be tied into a SAPCR when the parents of the child were not married at the time of the child’s birth. When filing a SAPCR, if paternity has not yet been established, it’s necessary to include a paternity suit. The court can then make decisions about custody, visitation, child support, and other issues once paternity has been legally determined.

The interconnected issues of paternity suits and SAPCR can be complex, but the experienced team at Rose Sanders Family Law Firm is here to guide you through. Attorneys Erica Rose and Charles Sanders bring their extensive legal expertise, sensitivity, and commitment to the best interests of the child to every case they handle.

Attorneys Erica Rose and Charles Sanders

Whether you’re considering filing a paternity suit, embarking on a SAPCR, or both, Rose Sanders Family Law Firm is here to help. You can reach us at (713) 221-3773. Our offices across Texas stand ready to provide clear, effective legal counsel to guide you through this challenging journey, always prioritizing the welfare of your child.