Texas Family Code

Sec. § 160.302
Execution of Acknowledgment of Paternity


An acknowledgment of paternity must:


be in a record;


be signed, or otherwise authenticated, under penalty of perjury by the mother and the man seeking to establish paternity;


state that the child whose paternity is being acknowledged:


does not have a presumed father or has a presumed father whose full name is stated; and


does not have another acknowledged or adjudicated father;


state whether there has been genetic testing and, if so, that the acknowledging man’s claim of paternity is consistent with the results of the testing; and


state that the signatories understand that the acknowledgment is the equivalent of a judicial adjudication of the paternity of the child and that a challenge to the acknowledgment is permitted only under limited circumstances.


An acknowledgment of paternity is void if it:


states that another man is a presumed father of the child, unless a denial of paternity signed or otherwise authenticated by the presumed father is filed with the vital statistics unit;


states that another man is an acknowledged or adjudicated father of the child; or


falsely denies the existence of a presumed, acknowledged, or adjudicated father of the child.


A presumed father may sign or otherwise authenticate an acknowledgment of paternity.


An acknowledgment of paternity constitutes an affidavit under Section 666(a)(5)(C), Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. Section 666(a)(5)(C)).
Added by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 821, Sec. 1.01, eff. June 14, 2001.
Amended by:
Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1221 (S.B. 502), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2011.
Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1 (S.B. 219), Sec. 1.056, eff. April 2, 2015.
Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 859 (S.B. 1726), Sec. 7, eff. September 1, 2015.

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