Why is Paternity Important?
Texas Law states a child who is born to a man and a woman who are not legally married, has no legal father.
A biological father and legal father are different. When the child’s parents complete an Acknowledgment of Paternity (AOP) to constitute legal fatherhood, it helps to protect the rights of the child.
Facts about Paternity
- Courts cannot order the father to pay child support unless the paternity has been confirmed.
- Visitations and possession of the child cannot be forced by the father until a paternity has been established.
- Health insurance and other benefits may be provided for the child by the father.
- The child may be eligible for other benefits such as Social Security, veterans’ benefits, health care, or other government benefits.
What is Establishing Paternity?
Paternity is defined as fatherhood. At the time when both parents will sign an Acknowledgement of Paternity, it is then filed with the Bureau of Vital Statistics and the biological father will also become the legal father. Once paternity is confirmed the father is allowed his name on the birth certificate. The court can order the father to pay child support and give him rights to visitations and possession of his child.
For more information about child support services or establishing paternity, please call the Attorney General's Child Support Regional Call Centers or call (800) 252-8014 for the phone number of the child support office nearest you.
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