St. Louis Paternity Attorney

Protecting Mothers' and Fathers' Rights in Missouri Family Court

When a child is born to an unmarried couple, his or her parents have the same legal rights and responsibilities as married parents. Even when both sides agree on who the father is, however, a paternity action may be necessary to secure child custody and visitation rights or child support.

I am Melissa Featherston, an experienced St. Louis paternity lawyer. Whether you recently had a change in your relationship with your child's other parent or you have another reason for wanting to put in place legally binding child custody, visitation and support arrangements, I can help.

Pursuing Fair and Appropriate Child Custody and Support Arrangements

In most paternity cases, the identity of the child's father is not the real issue. If it is an issue, the court can order a DNA test. But in most cases, paternity actions are motivated by a parent wanting to establish custody rights or child support.

As a general rule, in Missouri, the child custody standards and child support guidelines that apply in paternity cases are the same as those that apply during divorce cases.

It is not unusual, in paternity cases, for custody and visitation arrangements for newborns, infants and toddlers to be at issue. Custody and visitation arrangements for infants are often dramatically different than custody arrangements for older children. I am sensitive to the complications that arise when making custody arrangements for an infant.

Call 314-400-2302 to Talk to a St. Charles Custody and Support Lawyer

Every paternity case is unique, involving unique issues and relationships. You need an attorney who will dedicate personal attention to your case and help you find a resolution that meets your needs. For a free consultation, please contact my offices at 314-400-2302 or by e-mail.