Some families choose to resolve custody manners informally. When the parties are the biological parents, subsequent disputes can be resolved through a Texas custody case. When one party is not biological parent, however, resulting disputes may be more complex. In a recent case, a maternal uncle and aunt appealed an order that required them to pay child support for their nephew.
When the child was born, the child’s biological mother asked her brother to act as the child’s father. The brother signed an acknowledgment of paternity, birth certificate, and a verification of birth facts. The birth certificate listed the brother’s wife as the mother. Initially, they all lived together, but the mother moved out following a falling out with the couple.
Mother Files Paternity Suit
In August of 2016, the mother petitioned to adjudicate parentage, asking the court to adjudicate her as the mother and an identified man as the father. The brother and his wife were named as parties, but they also intervened in the case, asking the court to name them the child’s managing conservators and terminate the mother and alleged father’s parental rights.