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When Can I bring a Suit to Determine Parentage?

  1. A suit affecting the parent-child relationship to determine parentage may be brought before the birth of the child, but must be brought on or before the second anniversary of the date the child becomes an adult, or the suit is barred.
  2. This section applies to a child for whom a parentage suit was brought but dismissed because a statute of limitations of less than 18 years was then in effect.

If the father is found to be the biological father, can support be retroactive?

On a finding of parentage, the Court may order support retroactive to the time of the birth of the child and, on a proper showing, may order a party to pay an equitable portion of all prenatal and postnatal health care expenses of the mother and child. In making an order for retroactive child support under this section, the Court shall use the child support guidelines provided by Chapter 154 (Child Support) together with any other relevant factors.

What is the cost for a paternity suit?

A minimum retainer of $1,750.00 is required before a suit is filed.


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