Paternity Lawyers for McKinney & All Collin County
Establishing paternity can be a difficult part of family law. Often there are a lot of questions and concerns that surface with confirming paternity. It is crucial that you understand the best way to handle a paternity situation to protect you and your child. The paternity lawyers at Lucé Evans Law will guide you through the process in order to properly establish the rights of your child.
In order to conceive, some couples resort to surrogate mothers. There are several legal concerns when a surrogate mother is involved. Under the Uniform Parentage Act of 2002, such an arrangement must be court sanctioned. Further, if the woman is married, her husband must also consent to the gestational agreement. Surrogates carry the child to term, though they are not the legal mothers.
If a mother wishes to establish paternity, she may seek a court order though she must prove a reasonable probability of sexual contact with the putative father. Though other parties may seek to establish parentage including:
- Putative father
- Support agencies
- Adoption agencies
- Representatives of a deceased or incapacitated party
- Intended parent under a gestational agreement
Benefits of Establishing Paternity
There are several benefits to establishing paternity. Not only will all parties involved have a better understanding of the child’s paternity, but there are many legal and material benefits a child receives upon establishing paternity as well. A child with a definite paternity is entitled to:
- Social security benefits
- Veteran’s benefits
- Inheritance benefits
- Medical history of paternal line