Tag: Paternity


Texas Courts: Pay Child Support For Kid That’s Not Yours

Texas Courts: Pay Child Support For Kid That’s Not Yours

When paternity is in question, it can send families into a spiral. Many couples find themselves divorcing over the mere question of whether or not the child is the husband’s. For unmarried men, who may or may not be the father of the child in question, the legal road is a bit more challenging. It is important for unmarried fathers to be proactive when establishing...

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Mental Health Issues Require Assistance

In facing the prospect of divorce, losing custody of one’s children, losing a number of assets, and losing one’s home, it’s understandable that it might take a toll on one’s mental state. The stresses of the situation can be overwhelming for those going through the experience, and that experience does include the aftermath, when one attempts to pick up the pieces and recover from this...

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Understanding the Tender Years Presumption in Custody Cases

For men, and more specifically fathers, divorce can feel like a moment in your life when you are no longer in control of important aspects of your life. You have someone telling you that a percentage of your income goes to the person who you are no longer with. You are told that your children are not to live with you and you can only...

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Horford Situation Reveals Evolution in Paternity Leave Opinion

Paternity leave is a fairly controversial topic that often finds itself put in the mainstream spotlight through athletics. Athletes will often miss games throughout the course of a season, due to the birth of a child, and while the players and the teams are often understanding and accommodating, not everyone surrounding the team shares in that gracious attitude. Recently, Boston Celtics center Al Horford missed...

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Unwed Fathers: Securing Your Parental Rights

Unwed Fathers: Securing Your Parental Rights

Many unwed fathers may have no idea that their parental rights are at the whim of the mother unless paternity is formally established through the courts, which can cause serious problems in the event of a breakup. You and your partner have been living together for 20 years, but are not married. You had two children together, a daughter and a son, who are now...

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Child Support When Paternity Is In Doubt

Paying child support can be a frustrating experience, especially when the child is not biologically yours. A CBS article reported a Dallas man was jailed because it was alleged he owed more than $50,000 in unpaid child support to a child that turned out was not his. The passing of a new Texas paternity law that gives men who doubt paternity a chance to file...

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Child Support In Paternity Cases

By Daniel Lambert Cordell & Cordell Family Law Attorney Each state will have its own laws and regulations governing paternity and child support. Where I practice, child support is set in paternity actions pursuant to each party’s income and the placement/visitation schedule awarded to each party. Child support only becomes effective through an order of the court. If there is no court order for child...

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Paternity Laws: Overcoming Putative Father Presumption

Paternity Laws Question: My wife and I are getting divorced. She is pregnant with another man’s baby and will probably have the baby before our divorce is final. What do I need to do to protect myself against having to pay child support for the child that is not biologically mine, but will likely be born while I am married to the child’s mother? Do...

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Unwed Fathers Rights

Unwed Fathers Rights

Marriage does not define a father’s rights. Unwed fathers have rights, too; they just need to exercise those rights. Recent news about Utah fathers rights indicated the state has made the process easier for fathers to exercise their rights. This has brought to light the fact that unwed fathers in other states still experience difficulty in protecting their rights. Other steps are required in addition...

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What Are An Unwed Father’s Legal Responsibilities?

What Are An Unwed Father’s Legal Responsibilities?

Marriage rates have reached an all-time low meaning more children are being born out of wedlock. This issue of paternity is one of the more complex areas of family law. Many men are curious about what an unwed father’s legal responsibilities are to a child born outside of a marriage. Will he automatically have to pay child support? Is he the legal father of the...

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