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Asserting Your Paternity Rights In Texas | Custody And Parental Rights

Musician Chris Brown is trying to establish paternity and obtain his parental rights with regard to his daughter, Royalty. However, one legal expert contends that the artist is facing an uphill battle if he wants to get full parental and visitation rights.

The 26-year-old man has been embroiled in a child support dispute with the mother of his child, but that is not the worst of it. Chris Brown has a criminal history that involves domestic violence, and this can be a difficult obstacle for a father to overcome while seeking paternity and visitation rights — especially if the mother is not in favor of the father having access to the child.

If Brown wants custody and parental rights over his child, it will first be necessary for him to file the appropriate legal request in Texas since that is where Royalty currently lives. Second, after the mother has been given sufficient time to respond, Brown will need to submit a request that the judge issue an order on the matter, while asking for visitation rights and custody. Third, the judge will issue the decision.

In most Texas child custody cases, courts will try to give both the mother and father shared custody of their children. Indeed, courts recognize the fact that having both parents in a child’s life is psychologically important for the development and welfare of the child. However, if one of the parents in a custody dispute has a background that involves domestic violence, drug or alcohol abuse or other types of legal violations, a family law court may determine that it is in the best interest of the child not to be in the presence of this parent.

Source: Hollywood Life, “Chris Brown: The Difficult Road He Faces Establishing Legal Fatherhood Of Royalty,” Christopher Rogers, May 26, 2015

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