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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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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What are the benefits of establishing paternity?

Missouri parents may be interested in some of the benefits of establishing paternity. Being legally recognized as a father allows a man to seek custody or visitation, among other things, according to the Missouri Department of Social Services. Paternity, essentially, means that someone is a child's father. A child who is born out of wedlock...

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Men asking for more recognition of their rights

Lawmakers in Missouri, Maine, Arizona, Colorado and Delaware have taken significant steps to make more gender-neutral policies regarding custody rights. Now, advocates are asking for other states to follow suit in acknowledging fathers' rights. Many fathers are unwilling to simply accept the old visitation and child support arrangements that were popular decades ago and are...

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Missouri judge grants father custody after years-long battle

When it comes to a dispute over the custody of a child, the best interests of the child have to come first. Not all children have access to both parents, but if they do, each parent can play a huge part in the development of the child. Unfortunately, though, fathers' rights are often overlooked. One...

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Proposed legislation could protect Missouri fathers’ rights

It is natural for parents to seek both personal time with their children and the opportunity to make important decisions about their future. However, many states, including Missouri, do not automatically grant fathers' rights to the biological father of a child after a separation. The man must first establish paternity, which gives him the right...

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