Acknowledgment of Paternity

The Acknowledgment of Paternity (AOP) is a legal form that parents who are not married to each other use to establish paternity. Paternity means legal fatherhood. When both parents sign an Acknowledgment of Paternity and it is filed with the Texas Vital Statistics Unit, the biological father becomes the legal father. Once the biological father … Read more >

DNA Test

DNA is genetic material that a child gets from each parent. A DNA test compares the genetic material of the child and parent(s) to determine who the biological father is.  The test is simple and painless. The inside of the cheek is swabbed to collect samples of buccal cells. The DNA samples are compared to see … Read more >

I am a teen parent. Is anything different for me?

A teen parent, also known as a “minor parent,” refers to a person under 18 years of age, who requires an adult (preferably a parent or legal guardian) to represent him or her in the child support court process. An adult representative must come to court because a minor cannot legally sign a waiver of … Read more >

Supervised Visitation

In supervised visitation, the noncustodial parent can only see the child when supervised by another adult. Supervised visitation gives parents in high conflict situations access to their children in a safe and controlled environment. Supervised visitation is used to protect children from potentially dangerous situations while allowing parents access to maintain the parent child relationship. … Read more >