Texas Family Code

Sec. § 160.602
Standing to Maintain Proceeding


Subject to Subchapter D and Sections 160.607 (Time Limitation: Child Having Presumed Father) and 160.609 (Time Limitation: Child Having Acknowledged or Adjudicated Father) and except as provided by Subsection (b), a proceeding to adjudicate parentage may be maintained by:


the child;


the mother of the child;


a man whose paternity of the child is to be adjudicated;


the support enforcement agency or another government agency authorized by other law;


an authorized adoption agency or licensed child-placing agency;


a representative authorized by law to act for an individual who would otherwise be entitled to maintain a proceeding but who is deceased, is incapacitated, or is a minor;


a person related within the second degree by consanguinity to the mother of the child, if the mother is deceased; or


a person who is an intended parent.


After the date a child having no presumed, acknowledged, or adjudicated father becomes an adult, a proceeding to adjudicate the parentage of the adult child may only be maintained by the adult child.
Added by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 821, Sec. 1.01, eff. June 14, 2001. Amended by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 457, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2003; Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 1248, Sec. 3, eff. Sept. 1, 2003.

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