San Antonio Paternity Actions Lawyer
Helping parents of children who were born out of wedlock determine their legal rights and responsibilities to each other and to their children, all over South Texas.
If a child is born to unmarried parents, the mother’s rights are automatic. The father’s rights are not. Unmarried fathers need to file an Acknowledgement of Paternity (AOP) with the birth certificate when the child is born. This establishes a legal relationship between father and child, which gives him certain rights to his child and his child certain rights regarding him.
At the Law Office of Roland R. Esparza, P.C., we help parents establish legal rights and responsibilities on both sides of the paternity issue.
Helping Mothers Hold The Fathers Of Their Children Responsible For Support
Both parents are legally responsible for their children. This means that, even though a couple is not married, the father may be required to pay child support if he is determined to be the “legal” father of the child.
If the father of your child refuses to accept responsibility for his child, our San Antonio paternity actions attorney will help you file a paternity action to force him to take a DNA test to prove that he is the father of your child, and therefore must support that child. This will help you file for child support and guarantee that your child has rights of inheritance to the father.
San Marcos Attorney Establishing Legal Custody For Fathers
If you are the father of a child, whose mother is refusing to allow you to see him or her, we can help you apply for joint custody or establish visitation rights. By taking a DNA test or acknowledging paternity, we can prove that you are the child’s father and establish the legal relationship that allows you to have parenting time with your child and to have legal decision-making rights, if you so choose.
Experience From Both Sides Of The Bench
Roland R. Esparza was a judge for the city of San Antonio for six years, in addition to his more than 23 years of experience as a practicing lawyer. He will use this insight into how the legal system works to give you an honest assessment of your situation and to help you achieve your goals.
Hablamos español — English and Spanish language services are available.