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Paternity Must Be Established To Enforce Rights And Obligations

Paternity on a biological level seems quite simple. The man who impregnates the mother is the father of the child that is later born. On a legal level, it is much more complicated. Both parents have rights and obligations, but paternity must be established before either parent can enforce a father’s rights and obligations in court.

With more than 100 years of combined experience, MARVEL & WONG, PLLC attorneys know how these cases work. Attorney Karen Marvel is Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and has handled countless paternity cases, including termination of rights based on mistaken paternity. We can advocate for your rights, whether you are going through a divorce, had a child outside of marriage or are in a same-sex relationship.

Contact our law office in San Antonio at 210-201-1630 for a free initial consultation. We represent families throughout Central Texas.

How Does One Establish Paternity In Texas?

In Texas, there are three ways in which a parent may establish paternity. There are many nuances to the law, which is why you should always consult with a highly knowledgeable attorney.

  • Presumption of paternity: A man is presumed to be the father of a child if he was married to the mother prior to, at birth or immediately after if he had voluntarily claimed paternity. Living with the child and claiming responsibility for at least two years after the child is born can also be used as evidence of presumption.
  • Acknowledgment of paternity: Parents can sign a voluntary agreement that acknowledges paternity. Both parents must sign this document. A man can also rebut or challenge a presumption of paternity by signing the portion of the acknowledgment regarding denial of paternity.
  • Court order: A person may petition the court for an order to establish or challenge paternity. This includes the mother, presumed father, a man who claims paternity or an intended parent in a surrogacy or gestational agreement, among other limited situations.

Contact Us To Learn More About Establishing Paternity And Your Case

Our attorneys have helped parents in a wide variety of cases. Regardless of your situation, we welcome you to contact us and talk to a lawyer in a free initial consultation. Call our law office at 210-201-1630 or send us an email.

What Our Clients Say


Ms. Marvel has assisted me regarding child support issues for the last 3 years. She is very knowledgeable in child support issues in Texas and also across state lines such as California. She came highly recommended to me by a fellow attorney, the highest compliment she can receive in my opinion. She is professional, responsive and gets the job done. Her staff is very helpful, returns calls and Karen and her staff are responsive to issues that arise. I highly recommend Karen Marvel to anyone seeking a family law attorney in Texas.
Karen Marvel is an excellent family lawyer, who presented at a legal conference I attended. I learned valuable information and tools from her that I now use to help my own clients. After the conference, I've called on her a few times when I needed her expertise in child support matters, and she was always willing to help. She is extremely well-respected in our legal community, and I highly recommend her services.
I recently hired Megan to represent me in my divorce. She was very easy to work with, responsive, and efficient. I was extremely impressed with her timeliness and was overall very pleased with her work. I would recommend her if looking for a divorce attorney...
I was very pleased with Megan's performance in court. She has been a blessing in our lives and single handedly changed our lives for the better . It was a very difficult case on my end and was brilliant with negotiations with OAG. I will always be grateful to Megan and wish the best of luck in future cases...
When I needed a lawyer I asked my coworkers for their recommendations. Three of my coworkers recommended Brandon Wong and they were very satisfied with his services. I contacted Brandon and he handled my divorce in a timely and efficient manner...
I have felt so important to Brandon since the day we first met. I had a million questions and worries, Brandon made me feel informed of all possibilities and confident in him.
Meeting you and having your professional and emotional help during the process of my divorce has definitely been invaluable. In the professional aspect, you are not only a brilliant attorney but you are reasonable, just, and fair. During the process of my divorce I found myself completely...
Brandon represented me in a child custody matter. He is professional, educated, informative and provided his services in an economical manner. He worked to obtain a settlement outside of the courtroom. When the case required a visit to court, his experience guided me through smoothly and ultimately delivered the decision in my favor...
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Accolades & Achievements

Brandon, Karen, Megan Are Proud To Have Achieved The Following Legal Accolades for Exemplary Legal Service.

*Karen Marvel was recognized in Texas Monthly in 2008-2019 as a Texas Super Lawyer by Texas Super Lawyers (a Thomson Reuters service)

**Karen Marvel is Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization