My question involves paternity law for the State of: Texas
My daughter became pregnant at 16. Her boyfriend was 17 at the time. I have allowed my daughter to move in with her boyfriend's family. They have a good family system. This is what my daughter wanted also the self acclaimed father of her baby and his family (mother and grandparents who all live in the same household) was willing to take responsibility. These are hard working people.
There had been many talks between myself and the father's family about the kids situation and what we felt was best for them while considering the new upcoming family's wishes. We were in agreement to let them try to be a family and be together. This is what they wanted and we decided to try and help them and teach them to be responsible parents as I feel parents and grandparent should do.
I being a working single mother of twins thought it was good for her to be around her boyfriend's family to experience the fact that they also have rules to abide by and that someone would be there if she were to have an emergency during her pregnancy. I was putting her and my grandbaby's wellfare before my personal preferences.
Now I am hearing there are plans about the father's family claiming custody of the baby if my daughter and their son should separate. I am beginning to wonder if this was their plan all along. To convince me to let my underaged daughter move in with them so they might turn the tables and claim I abandoned her and the baby. The father's family is pressuring their son to take a paternity test. The hospital offered to do this at the time of birth. The kids did not feel it was necessary. I have carried the responsibility of keeping my daughter on my medical insurance the whole year up until now. I have bought her clothes. I have given her a portion of my tax return to help support her and the baby because as it seems the family nor the father is supplying any of her medical needs.
I want to nip this in the bud before things surge out of control. My instinct is to rush to their house and pack my daughter and grandchild's things and bring them home. I am almost certain this would be against her will. I know the "in-laws" would be enraged not so much about losing my daughter but about the baby. I am suspecting the plan is to eventually seperate the mother from her child. The son is a "mama's boy" and does not want to leave home. Perhaps this is also his plan.
What are my legal rights in this case should I confront the situation? Should I speak with the mother of my daughter's boyfriend about my concerns? We have always spoken on a mature and calm level up until now. I have not felt animosity. At the moment, I am not sure of anything. I am sensing there is something brewing from rumors I am hearing from my kids friends and their parents are warning me.
More than anything, I want my daughter and grandbaby at home with me. My daughter is claiming I can not afford it. Someone must be talking because I have supported my twins by myself since they were babies even if it meant to have to depend on public assistance at times.
Does anyone have any sugestions or what laws might have to say pro and con to a situation such as this?