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  • Establishing Paternity Starts Here

    FAQs, Instructions and Do-It-Yourself Forms Frequently Asked Questions about Texas Paternity Law. How paternity is established by presumption, voluntary acknowledgment and court order. Do-it-yourself forms that may be used to ask for a court order establishing paternity of a child. Read More

    By:
    Partnership for Legal Access
  • Paternity Law: Frequently Asked Questions

    Click here for a very useful all in one guide on paternity in Texas. Read More

    By:
    Partnership for Legal Access
  • Voluntary Acknowledgment of Paternity

    If you are not married to the father of your child but you want him listed as the legal father on the birth certificate, this information will help you complete all of the steps necessary to file an acknowledgment of paternity. Read More

    By:
    Office of the Attorney General Texas
  • Mistaken Paternity

    Instructions and Do-It-Yourself Forms Information about taking back (rescinding) an acknowledgment or denial of paternity. Do-it-yourself forms that may be used to challenge an acknowledgment or denial of paternity. Do-it-yourself forms that may be used by a man to terminate his parental rights based on mistaken paternity. Read More

    By:
    Partnership for Legal Access
  • Amending Birth Certificate Based on Paternity

    Click on this link to request an amendment, adding or changing the father's name on your child's birth certificate. Read More

    By:
    Texas Department of State Health Services
  • Terminating Paternity

    You may be able to ask the court to terminate your rights and duties as a parent if you later find out you’re not the genetic father. Read More

    By:
    Partnership for Legal Access
  • Every Child Needs the Love of Both Parents: Non-custodial Parent's Guide

    This external website includes English and Spanish resources for parents who do not have primary custody of their children, sponsored by Legal Aid of Northwest Texas and the Texas Attorney General's Office. It contains legal information about custody, child support, visitation, grandparents' rights and paternity issues. It provides some forms that might be useful to a non-custodial parent. Read More

    By:
    Legal Aid of Northwest Texas
  • Child Support through the Texas Attorney General's Office

    Click here for more information from the Attorney General's Office about Child Support through the Attorney General. Read More

  • Common Questions: Child Support in Texas

    What is child support? How much is child support? How to establish child support payments, withholding orders and more answers to questions about child support. Read More

    By:
    Partnership for Legal Access
  • Assisted Reproduction and Gestational Agreements PDF

    Read this to find out how Texas law affects parenthood when people use infertility treatment, including surrogate mothers or sperm and egg donors Content Detail

    By:
    Texas Partnership for Legal Access
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
  • Pregnancy, Parenting, and Depression Resource List

    Both pregnancy and parenting can be surprisingly difficult. This is true for both first time and experienced parents because each pregnancy and child may be different. This resource list, by the Texas Department of State Health Services, gives the names and addresses of professional organizations that help people address their pregnancy, parenting, and depression needs. Read More

    By:
    Texas Department of State Health Services.
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español