Paternity & Family Law Attorney in St. Charles, MO
Unmarried parents have the same legal rights and responsibilities concerning their children as married parents. There may be times when both parents agree upon whom the father of the child is. However, a paternity action may still be necessary when looking to secure child custody, child support, or visitation rights.
You and your child’s parent might have recently gone through a change in the relationship? Or you may have a different reason for pursuing legal arrangements for custody, visitation, and support. No matter the situation, I am here to help. When you choose Featherston Lecour Law Firm as your paternity and family law attorney, you can be confident that you will reach an agreeable solution for your case.
Arrange Custody Rights for Your Child
In most paternity cases, the identity of the father is not the most critical issue. If deemed necessary, the court will order a DNA test to determine the identity of the child’s biological father. However, paternity actions tend to be motivated by a parent who wants to establish custody rights or receive child support.
Paternity Cases for Children & Infants
In Missouri, the child custody standards and child support guidelines that apply to paternity cases are the same as those that apply to divorce cases. However, it is not as straight forward for newborns, infants and adults. It is not unusual for custody and visitation orders to be an issue during the case. If your child fits this age group, I have the experience necessary to handle these cases. I understand the sensitivity of these cases and the complications that can arise and will approach your situation with the care and consideration it requires.
Finding a Common Bond in Paternity Cases
In cases of paternity, the parents of the child may have nothing in common apart from the child they allegedly share. For that reason, such cases must be approached differently than those involving a divorce where the separation has more at stake. Such clients tend to have had a shorter romantic relationship with the other parent, and occasionally have less shared values.
They also may not have had an opportunity to build a trusting relationship with each other, and may not even know the other parent’s family. Determining the proper visitation and custody solution requires further consideration. If you find yourself in such a case, please reach out to me at your earliest convenience to find the best solution for the parenting of your child.
Contact Featherston Lecour Family Law Firm Today
If you are searching for a paternity attorney in St Charles, MO, contact me today by calling (636) 685-0440. I serve clients in St Charles, St Peters, O'Fallon, St Louis, and the surrounding communities.