Having a child does not automatically give a father parental rights if he is not married to the mother. Establishing paternity is necessary in order to give rights to the father or to the children.
At the Law Office of Barbara Graham, LLC, I represent individuals wishing to establish paternity. If you would like more information on how to protect your rights as well as your child’s rights, please contact an experienced paternity lawyer at 314-725-7600.
Rights of the Child
Children have the right to be supported by their parents whether the parents are married, divorced or have never been married. Establishing paternity can be very beneficial to a child. It allows a child born to unmarried parents to have the same benefits as a child with married parents, including:
Knowledge of the identity of both parents
Benefits from the father’s medical, dental or life insurance
Family medical history is known to give to health professionals
The father’s name on the birth certificate
Financial support (child support, Social Security, veteran benefits or other allowances)
Rights of the Father
Under Missouri law, a father is not automatically entitled to many rights unless paternity is first established. Although the state of Missouri can establish paternity for child support purposes, this does not give parental rights to the father. These rights can be given to the father through a paternity or custody action. If paternity is established, the father will have legal parental rights, including the right to:
Seek a court order for visitation rights
Request a change or modification in custody
Request child support if he has custody of the child
Assist in important legal decisions regarding the child
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My firm is very skilled representing individuals in paternity actions. If you want to be entitled to parental rights or would like your child to have added rights and benefits, I can assist you. Contact a Missouri fathers’ rights and children’s rights lawyer by calling the Law Office of Barbara Graham at 314-725-7600 or by completing the contact form.
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