Paternity Suits

Resolving Disputes Through Paternity Actions

Texas lawyer C. "Luke" Gunnstaks has represented a number of well-known men who have been victimized by women seeking support for a child. He has also acted for mothers who were trying to obtain support for a child.

"You never know how many kids you have until you are famous."—C. "Luke" Gunnstaks

When the parties do not agree on the identity of the father, the court will order the DNA test that will establish legal parentage. Our law firm can arrange for this painless test, which involves comparing the cheek swabs of the adult and child.

Questions that can be answered with a paternity test

Some of the circumstances that can lead to parentage or paternity suits are listed below. Contact our Dallas law firm to learn how we can put the experience, skills and determination of our principal attorney, C. "Luke" Gunnstaks, to work for you in paternity matters. Call us at (972) 590-6572.

Scenarios that can lead to paternity suits include:

  • Husband believes he is not the father of his wife's child
  • Mother seeks child support for a child from a man she alleges is the father
  • Father wishes to establish paternity so he can obtain visitation rights or custody
  • Man contesting his identity as the father
  • Child seeking acknowledgement, support and the man's name
  • Government agency seeking to enforce payment of child support

What happens next?

We guide clients through the aftermath of paternity proceedings, such as actions to terminate parental rights, changing the child's name and obtaining orders for child support, custody and visitation. Paternity cases may lead to results that the client didn't expect. When this happens, our law office will help you determine what to do.

Don't delay — time limits may affect the process of establishing paternity

We advise clients about time restrictions that may limit a parentage suit, especially one seeking retroactive child support. If you are considering a paternity action, consult a family law attorney who knows the law, the process and how to deal with the results. Contact Gunnstaks Law Office at (972) 590-6572.

"Luke" and Cynthia are Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization