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Establishing paternity in Missouri: Why and how?

There are numerous reasons at to why establishing parentage is important to parents in Missouri. Establishing paternity is typical done for custodial or monetary reasons. Mothers often request paternity testing in order to seek child support, while potential fathers may wish to submit to testing in order to gain custody or visitation rights.

What does Missouri law say about fathers' rights?

Our firm is dedicated to protecting the rights of all parents and finding solutions to some of the most complex family law matters. When it comes to fathers' rights, it takes complete knowledge of Missouri law to fully understand how to help fathers seek rightful visitation and custody. We have the experience and ability to deftly navigate the most complex of paternity and custody cases.

Fathers may assert their rights by establishing paternity

When a child is born to unmarried parents, it is not uncommon for fathers to have a difficult time asserting their rights as a biological parent. When unmarried parents have disputes regarding support and visitation, it may become necessary to establish paternity in order to obtain rightful parenting time. If fathers' rights are on the line, it is wise to seek the assistance of a lawyer who is experienced in complex family law matters.

Addressing matters of paternity in Missouri

Whenever a child is born in Missouri, fathers and mothers have certain rights, protected under the law. Even if a couple who has a child is not married, each parent still has legal rights regarding the upbringing and care of the child. In such cases, actions to establish and uphold paternity rights are sometimes needed, especially where matters of child custody and/or visitation are concerned.

Fathers' rights in Missouri

The fathers' rights movement is relatively new and was born out of the desire of fathers to have a more prominent role in the lives of their children. Fathers' rights cases are a rather complex area of law, but Missouri dads can greatly benefit from understanding what entitlements are granted to them under state law. Fathers have rights even if they were never married to the mother of the child. 

Fathers' rights disputes for unmarried couples

Fathers' rights are a complicated legal issue, especially when the mother and father were not married at the time of birth. When one parent disputes paternity, it can create a complex legal firestorm when determining child custody and support. Regardless of the complexity of your situation, our team has the experience needed to successfully handle any fathers' rights issue. 

Is it important to establish paternity?

Missouri fathers fighting for child custody are already facing a difficult path, especially when dealing with disputes or concerns over paternity. In these types of complex cases, it is especially important to establish paternity in order to achieve the outcome that is desired. There are many ways that paternity is established, and a father will significantly benefit from the assistance of an attorney experienced in complex family law issues. 

Jason Patric secures huge victory in fathers' rights case

The actor Jason Patric has been locked in a battle with the mother of his child, but he has recently secured a victory for himself and fathers' rights advocates everywhere. The two-year legal battle over fathers' rights came to an end when a judge ruled that Jason is the legal father of the 4-year-old child he has with the child's mother. Missouri readers will note that, after this ruling, Mr. Patric now has custody and visitation rights.

How to establish paternity in Missouri

Under Missouri law, if two unmarried people have a child, the biological father is not automatically considered to be the child's legal father. In order for that to happen, paternity must be established. When a man becomes the legal father of his child, he is entitled to custody or visitation, and the child is entitled to financial support, health insurance and other benefits from the father. 

The latest in Jason Patric's fathers' rights case

Missouri readers may have followed the highly publicized case involving the famous actor Jason Patric and fathers' rights. There has been wide interest in this case because the actor is battling the mother of his baby over custody and visitation with the couple's 4-year-old son. The fathers' rights case is especially complex because their young son was born after he provided sperm for the mother at a time when they were not together as a couple.

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