Trusted St. Louis Paternity Attorney
Today, more and more children are being born outside of a marital relationship.
While common, it can lead to legal complications. When this occurs, it
is necessary for both parents to establish a legal and emotional relationship
with the child. This means that legal steps may need to be taken to file
a paternity case before a parent can begin to work with another parent
on raising that child.
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What Steps to Take Next as a Father
If you are the father of a child born outside of a marriage, it is necessary
to file a court action to formally establish that you are the biological
father of the child. By doing so, you can obtain rights of custody. Many
fathers believe that the act of having their name placed on the child’s
birth certificate is sufficient to receive rights of custody, however,
this is not the case. In Missouri, a father must file a paternity action
with his local court to formally establish his right to have visitation
and custody of a child. This means it is important for fathers to act
quickly after their child is born so they are not stuck on the sidelines
in the early years of their children’ lives.
Important Information for Mothers
If you are the mother of a child born outside of a marriage, it is beneficial
to file a court action so that certain legal rights can be formally provided
from the father.
The following can be established through proving paternity:
Children also thrive in an environment that provides consistency. By filing
a paternity action, a mother can establish a visitation plan that will
ensure a consistent schedule for the child, thereby eliminating what can
often be constant arguments regarding the child. Mothers often need financial
assistance from the father to contribute to the many expenses associated
with a young child. Filing paternity action also allows the mother to
seek and obtain an order from the court requiring the father to pay child
support, as well as contribute to the costs and expenses associated with
the prenatal care, birthing, medical care, and overall upbringing of the child.
If you need help filing a paternity action,
call the St. Louis family law attorneys at Pedano, O’Shea, McGavic & Hogenmiller, LLC to schedule your