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Paternity and family law

Many Texas residents may have seen advertisements for a popular new item. A home DNA test is meant to provide consumers with the opportunity to learn more about their genealogy, and has become a trendy gift item. The tests usually cost under $100, and while they are meant to be fun and educational, some consumers have gotten results that seem to stress the importance of establishing paternity as a matter of family law. 

Stories have begun to surface featuring consumers who took such a test to learn about their lineage, only to learn that the person they thought was his or her biological father is, in fact, not even a blood relative. People facing this sort of discovery have reported emotional trauma and legal issues. Many fathers do not take the important step of confirming paternity when a child is born. 

When a father does not establish paternity, both the father and child may be at risk for trouble in the future. Children may be deprived of the opportunity to ever know their biological parent. In many cases, when an adult discovers the person they assumed was their father is not, it may be too late to contact or establish a relationship with his or her true biological family members. 

At any age, it can be traumatic for a person to find out he or she is a victim of mistaken paternity. There are even cases where several siblings share a common genetic makeup, but one person is discovered to be a half-sibling. This sort of situation can tear a family apart and leave people feeling uncertain about their own identity. For minor children, establishing paternity can be an important part of child custody proceedings. 

Paternity is a matter of family law, and Texas residents may now see the importance of such testing. Rather than rely on a do-it-yourself home kit, which leaves room for error and can take a long time to get results, people may want to consider speaking to an experienced attorney. An attorney can help establish paternity through the court, making it easier for parents and children to have solid genetic evidence to support their loving relationship in the future, and ensure that a father is able to exercise all rights to which the law entitles him. 

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Barbara L. Jouette, Attorney, P.C.
888-268-7997 / 214-385-4562

Paternity and family law

Many Texas residents may have seen advertisements for a popular new item. A home DNA test is meant to provide consumers with the opportunity to learn more about their genealogy, and has become a trendy gift item. The tests usually cost under $100, and while they are meant to be fun and educational, some consumers have gotten results that seem to stress the importance of establishing paternity as a matter of family law. 

Stories have begun to surface featuring consumers who took such a test to learn about their lineage, only to learn that the person they thought was his or her biological father is, in fact, not even a blood relative. People facing this sort of discovery have reported emotional trauma and legal issues. Many fathers do not take the important step of confirming paternity when a child is born. 

When a father does not establish paternity, both the father and child may be at risk for trouble in the future. Children may be deprived of the opportunity to ever know their biological parent. In many cases, when an adult discovers the person they assumed was their father is not, it may be too late to contact or establish a relationship with his or her true biological family members. 

At any age, it can be traumatic for a person to find out he or she is a victim of mistaken paternity. There are even cases where several siblings share a common genetic makeup, but one person is discovered to be a half-sibling. This sort of situation can tear a family apart and leave people feeling uncertain about their own identity. For minor children, establishing paternity can be an important part of child custody proceedings. 

Paternity is a matter of family law, and Texas residents may now see the importance of such testing. Rather than rely on a do-it-yourself home kit, which leaves room for error and can take a long time to get results, people may want to consider speaking to an experienced attorney. An attorney can help establish paternity through the court, making it easier for parents and children to have solid genetic evidence to support their loving relationship in the future, and ensure that a father is able to exercise all rights to which the law entitles him. 

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