Father's Rights


Father's Rights

What Are A Father's Rights?

Are you the father of a child in the state of Texas? Is the child’s mother refusing to let you see your child? Have you been paying child support and showing up to court ordered hearings? If you answered yes to these questions, The Law Office of Perkins & Janis may be able to help you. 
Per Texas law in Texas Family Code Section 160.204 – a man is presumed to be the father of a child if one of the following is true;

1. he is married to the mother of the child and the child is born during the marriage;
2. he is married to the mother of the child and the child is born before the 301st day after the date the marriage is terminated by death, annulment, declaration of invalidity, or divorce;
3. he is married to the mother of the child before the child’s birth in compliance with law, this is true whether the marriage is or could be declared invalid, and the child is born during the invalid marriage or before the 301st day after the marriage has been terminated either by death, divorce, annulment, or declaration of invalidity; 
4. he married the mother of the child after the birth of the child in compliance with the law, regardless of whether the marriage is or could be considered invalid, the man voluntarily asserted his paternity of the child and; 
a. the assertion is in a record filed with the vital statistics unit; 
b. he is voluntarily named on the child’s birth certificate; or 
c. he promised on record to support the child as his own; or 
d. during the first two years of the child’s life he continuously resided in the household in which the child also resided and he represented the child was his own. 


Also, according to Texas Law in Texas Family Code Section 151.001, a father has the following rights and duties as a parent;

You have the right to have physical possession, to direct the moral and religious training, and to designate the residence of the child when the child is with you;

You have the duty to care, protect, and discipline the child within reason; 

You have the duty to support the child, including providing the child with food, shelter, medical and dental care, and education; 

You have the duty, except when a guardian of the child’s estate has been appointed, to manage the estate of the child, including the right as an agent of the child to act in relation to the child’s estate if the child’s action is required by a state, The United States, or a foreign government; 

Except as provided by Section 261.0111, the right to the services and earnings of the child; 

You have the right to consent to the child’s marriage, enlistment in the armed forces of the United States, medical and dental care, and psychiatric, psychological, and surgical treatment; 

You have the right to represent the child in legal action and to make decisions of substantial legal significance concerning the child; 

You have the right to inherit from and through the child;

You have the right to make decisions concerning the child’s education; and 

Any other right or duty between a parent and child by virtue of law. 


As a father of a child, you have a right to have a relationship with your child. If you have been denied this right by the mother of the child, contact the Law Office of Perkins & Janis. Let us help you have the relationship with your child that you deserve. 


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