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Mark D. Dunn
Attorney at Law
Plano Tower
101 E. Park Blvd., Suite 600
Plano, TX 75074

  Civil/Family Law Practice in Dallas County and Collin County (Texas).
(972) 516-3864
FAX: (877) 527-8913

Texas Law [as of June 2011] Makes It Easier for
Men to Bastardize Their Own Children

Imagine this scenario: a man and a woman have a sexual relationship.   The woman becomes pregnant.   She sues the man for paternity.   The man doesn't bother to ask for DNA testing.   The Judge eventually signs an order that establishes the parent-child relationship between Dad and the child.   Dad gets visitation; he is ordered to pay child support.   He is legally the child's father now.

Ten years later, he and Mom have some sort of disagreement, and Dad decides that he wants to bastardize his child.   He never asked for DNA testing before; now he decides he wants it.   Under this 2011 law (part of §161.005 of the Texas Family Code), Dad can go back to court (understand that by now all the legal deadlines for appeals, motions for new trials, and bills of review are long past) and demand DNA testing.

And if the DNA test comes back "negative," Dad is off the hook.   His obligations as a parent, and his legal relationship with the child, are terminated.

That "final order?"   Turns out it wasn't final after all.   All Dad has to do (ten years after the fact) is say, "She lied to me."

Yes, this is the (new) law in Texas.   Nowhere else in all of Texas law do you find a provision that allows someone to erase the final judgment of a District Court after the passage of so many years.

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