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SAPCR - Suits Affecting The Parent-child Relationship

Suits Affecting the Parent-Child Relationship

Non-Marital Relationship with Children

When two parties have a child together, planned or unplanned, their respective rights and duties toward that child are often established as a part of the relationship. However, if there was no real relationship to which the child was born or that relationship has ended, the parties will need to file a Suit Affecting the Parent-Child Relationship (“SAPCR”) to determine who gets to make what decisions for the child (conservatorship/custody), who will have the child on what schedule (visitation), and who will financially support the child and in what measure (child support).


If the alleged father of the child denies paternity, testing may be required to establish paternity. Once that issue is resolved, a court faced with a SAPCR proceeding is looking to provide for the child involved just like they would in a divorce proceeding. The Morrison Law Firm can help with each part of this process.


Oftentimes, a father does not seek to assert his parental rights until the child is 6 months of age or older. This presents unique challenges if he seeks visitation with the child as the child will not really know him. We can work, on behalf of that father, to put in place a graduated visitation schedule that starts with him doing shorter visits with the child and then increasing that amount of time as he builds a bond with the child. If the father has been involved all along, we may be able to put in place a fairly standard visitation schedule without the need for that stair-step, graduated visitation schedule.


When a mother is not receiving any assistance with prenatal expenses or the child’s medical expenses, much less support to help offset the cost of food, diapers or other needs of the child, we can help remedy that situation. We can get current child support started and may also be able to go back as far as 4 years and secure back support from the father to help you out.


Faced with a SAPCR situation, you need an experienced, compassionate family law attorney who understands all of the facets of such a case. To discuss your rights and concerns with an experienced Austin family law attorney at the Morrison Law Firm, Email or call our offices today at (512) 328-3030 to schedule an initial consultation.


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Comprehensive, Creative, Trusted Family Law Help

Our family law team brings extensive experience to the table, which enables us to provide a wide range of advice and representation regarding family law matters, such as:


At the Morrison Law Firm, we achieve faster, less-costly results with less stress and more respect for everyone's emotional well-being. If resolution is only possible in court, we will ensure your rights and interests remain the focus of our efforts on your behalf there as well.

Texas family law attorney serving communities throughout Central Texas


Whether it is divorce, alimony, domestic violence, prenuptial agreements, or other family law concerns, trusted family lawyer Greg Morrison can make a difference in your life. 


Please call (512) 328-3030 or contact us here to schedule a confidential, comprehensive, initial consultation today.


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