Establishing paternity can open legal doors for a father

There are several ways that a Missouri man may be designated as the father of a child. If he is married to the child's mother at the time of the birth, then he may be presumed to be the father. He may also acknowledge that he is the father of a child by signing a...

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Unusual fathers’ rights case makes national headlines

An unusual case has led to a great deal of media attention in Missouri and across the nation. The case centers on a family in which a man and his wife invited another woman into their marriage. A resulting pregnancy added to their unusual family dynamic, and eventually to a child custody case that has...

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Father asks court for custody modification after video goes viral

Some Missouri residents are aware of a viral video clip of an episode of Dr. Phil that has recently made the rounds. The video features a 13-year-old girl who is blatantly disrespectful and rude. Her parents are no longer together, and her father is now asking for a custody modification based on how the child's...

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Management approaches for fathers’ rights cases

When faced with a legal contest to determine child custody matters, many Missouri men feel overwhelmed by both the legal and emotional aspects of their case. This can lead to increased stress, which can be both a health concern and a detriment to proper decision-making. In order to attain a favorable fathers' rights outcome, it...

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Pre-embryo court fight raises fathers’ rights, custody issues

Missouri residents interested in fathers' rights issues may find a current Illinois court battle interesting. The case involves a "custody" dispute over frozen pre-embryos that were created by a woman and her then-boyfriend before she began cancer treatments that would likely leave her infertile. According to court filings, the man orally agreed to the arrangement...

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Legal help for paternity actions

Many fathers in Missouri are unaware that they are not automatically granted parental rights after having a child. If you were unmarried when you became a father, it is important to establish paternity as soon as possible. At our law firm, our attorneys help fathers to establish and protect their parental rights. Once paternity is...

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The paternity challenging process

Missouri citizens who wish to challenge the legal paternity of a child may choose to approach the court and petition to have the fatherhood status of the child changed. They must be willing to state their grounds for challenging the current status, produce evidence that supports their assertions, and properly go through the process of...

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How do unmarried fathers secure the right to object to adoption?

When the mother and father of a child born out of wedlock eventually marry and subsequently divorce, either of them could remarry. If the mother remarries and her new spouse wishes to adopt the child, the biological father may not have the legal right to object if he never established paternity. Missouri fathers in such...

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The process and benefits related to establishing paternity

When a woman gives birth to a child out of wedlock, that child does not have a legal father, even if the biological father was present at the hospital for the birth. In Missouri, however, biological fathers have the right to establish their legitimacy as legal fathers, and there are several ways they can do...

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Establishing paternity and gaining parental rights

Parents in Missouri who are unmarried or separated may not realize that both parents do not automatically possess parental rights. For fathers who are not married to the mothers of their children, it may be a challenge to attain the rights to their children. Typically, a father must first establish paternity through the state via...

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