Father’s Rights


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There are children all over the world that were born in less than ideal situations. These children do not have control over their circumstances, but are often subject to a level of discrimination or difficulty. Fortunately, the law in Texas offers degrees of protection. History The state of Texas did not provide inheritance rights for illegitimate children until 1991. That was the time when the Texas Supreme Court stated that the statutes that excluded illegitimate children from this right was unconstitutional, taking its cue from the United Supreme Court’s ruling. The ruling stated that depriving the rights of illegitimate children […]

Inheritance Rights of Illegitimate Children in Texas


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Texas protects the welfare of the child. Thus, one of the important aspects of the child is his identity. Part of that identity is the lineage. It is even more important since the parents have rights over the child. Establishing Paternity in Texas The ideal situation of a married couple is that they are also the mother and father of the child. It does not always happen. In this case, the state is very careful to ensure that the parents’ rights over their children. It is not compromised regardless of the relationship of their biological parents.  However, it is possible […]

Acknowledgment of Paternity in Texas



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I read an article today that estimated that more than 120,000 men paying child support for children that aren’t theirs. The article didn’t go into much detail regarding how that number was reached, but even if the true number were half that, it is still somewhat staggering. I have personally come across this enough times to think it probably isn’t that far off either. There are a number of different situations that can cause this, but the most common in my experience are when Mom will tell someone that they are currently romantically involved in that they are father and are the […]

Men owe child support despite not being fathers


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Being a parent to a child doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to be their biological parent. Parenthood can come in all forms. It can be from an uncle, aunt, grandparent, a close adult family friend, and even from a step-parent. While being step-parent may seem a little strange at first, it can result in a good parent-child relationship. Sometimes that relationship even grows so much that step-parents decide to take it further and adopt their step-children. Adoption Requirements Before a step-parent goes on to the adoption process, at least one of a few conditions must be met. Only one […]

How to Adopt Your Step-child in Texas



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Many divorced parents have already come up with summer plans to spend with their children during that time. Exciting as it may, schedules for summer visitation tend to be confusing. The Texas Family Code provides some regulations. This article will talk about things to keep in mind when formulating a summer possession schedule.  Written Notice A written notice must be provided by the possessory conservator indicating their chosen vacation days by April 1st. This date may be changed by final orders. It is important to refer to their Divorce Decree, Final Order in Suit Affecting the Parent-Child Relationship,  or Final […]

Summer Visitation for a Divorced Parent in Texas


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The obvious answer to the title of this article is yes! Your child is not required to take the last name of your former spouse. As you know, you are also not required to still use it after the divorce. This still needs to go through the proper court process. And of course, the child’s best interest is still the standard to be followed when the court makes its decision.  If you wish to change the names of your children, it is an easier process if the other parent consents. If the other parent disagrees, keep reading this article to […]

Can I Change My Child’s Last Name After a Divorce?