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Beaumont Paternity Attorneys

Establishing Fatherhood & Parental Rights in Texas

Paternity disputes can be extremely complex and lengthily if not handled by an attorney who understands the Texas legal system and paternity law. At Shelander Law Offices, our Beaumont family law lawyers have more than 50 years of experience ligating paternity cases.

We provide representation and advice in cases involving:

If you're seeking a paternity suit call our office to receive a consultation today by calling (409) 204-0895.

Dedicated Representation for Your Case

One of the biggest mistakes you can make in these cases is trying to handle this situation without the aid of an attorney. If you are requesting child support from the father of your child, you need to have a legal contract in place. Similarly, if you are being asked to take a paternity test, a lawyer can also help.

Relying upon on a verbal agreement between you and your previous partner is irresponsible as they can terminate their support at any time without consequence.

How Do I Initiate a Paternity Test?

Establishing a Paternity TestIn the state of Texas, either the mother or the father of a child can initiate a paternity test before the child is born.

A paternity test can also be initiated:

  • Shortly after a couple ends their relationship
  • Months or years following the termination of a relationship
  • Following a dispute of child support or parental rights

Contact Our Beaumont Paternity Attorney Today

If you are a father who wants to be a part of your child’s life and was not married to your child’s mother, you may need to initiate a paternity test to establish your custodial rights. Without a paternity test, your paternal rights may be in jeopardy.

In contrast, if your previous partner is trying to pressure you into providing child support and you do not believe you are the father of the child, then you should immediately retain legal representation to avoid an unjust verdict.

For questions regarding paternity law, or to set up a consultation, contact our paternity attorneys in Beaumont at (409) 204-0895.


Our Attorneys

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    Tara Shelander


    Tara Shelander offers a lot of energy, diligence, and motivation to serve you, as our client. Tara has a background in business and entrepreneurship. She has experience litigating cases involving business practices, contempt of court, child support, child custodydivorce, and criminal cases.

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    Mel W. Shelander


    Mel W. Shelander has practiced law at the same location for over 35 years, successfully handling thousands of different kinds of cases for clients throughout Texas. As a lawyer, he is intentionally not board-certified in any one area of practice because he does not want to narrow his practice to one specific area. Not only can he help in family law matters, but also personal injury, criminal defense, estate planning, business law, and landlord-tenant matters. As his client, you benefit from this ...
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    Colette Shelander


    Colette Shelander was born and raised in Beaumont. She is a proud member of the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Class of 2014 and she obtained a Master’s Degree of Criminal Justice at Lamar University. She then attended law school in Charleston, South Carolina and returned right back to her hometown after graduation. She has the energy and drive to fight hard to get you what you deserve. She has served as an EMT so she performs well under pressure, and she will show the same compassion for you as she did ...

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