Acknowledgement of Paternity in Texas

Acknowledgement of Paternity in Texas

When parents are not married to each other, they can get an Acknowledgement of Paternity (AOP) form to name a man as the dad.  Signing an Acknowledgement of Paternity in Texas (AOP) is a simple way a man names himself as the child’s father in Texas. You can check out a sample AOP form here.

Understanding the Process of Acknowledgement of Paternity in Texas

Once both parents have filed the acknowledgment of paternity form with the Texas Vital Statistics Unit, the biological father will become the legal father.  It means that the father will now have all the legal rights and responsibilities of caring for the child.

Furthermore, there are times when there may also be a need for a denial of paternity form.  This form would be signed by the presumed father and state that the presumed father is not the child’s genetic father.  This form would be necessary when the presumed father is not the real father of the child.

Have a Better Understanding of “Presumed Father”

A “presumed father” of a child is best defined as:

  • The man was married to the child’s mother when the child was born; or
  • He was married to the child’s mother any time in between the 300 days before the child was born; or
  • The man married the mother after the child was born and voluntarily requested paternity of the child with the Vital Statistics Unit, or on the child’s birth certificate, or in a record in which he agreed to support the child as his own; or
  • During the first two years of the child’s life, he consistently lived with the child and treated the child was his own and also communicated that to others.
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