Many people throughout Missouri, Illinois, Kansas and Oklahoma easily get the legal terms "paternity" and "legitimation" confused. On the other hand, some people might not even know what legitimation means, especially new parents who have just had a child out-of-wedlock. Unwed parents may also have questions regarding child custody and child support, as well as, legitimation and paternity.

With the out-of-wedlock birth rate growing rapidly each year, it is important to know the difference between legitimation and paternity. It is also important to have an attorney with the knowledge and skill to help you get a better understanding of your paternity or legitimation case.

  • Legitimation: The process of legitimation is made to establish the "legal" father of the child in question. You can be the assumed father in the picture, provide all the financial support, and even have your name on the child's birth certificate... But, you still need to make sure you legitimate your relationship to that child so you have legal rights. Establishing paternity is only one small part of the process. With our dedicated attorneys, we can help you legitimate your child and create your legal rights.
  • Paternity: Actions taken by paternity cases can legally protect both the mothers and fathers by giving DNA evidence to establish the actual biological parent to child relationship. Sometimes a mother may wish to hold the "assumed" father responsible for child support payments. With this, they can establish paternity to not allow him to not pay for the child support. When it comes to men, it can be helpful to establish paternity to make sure that you are not held responsible for a child that is not yours.

Contact An Attorney Today in Missouri, Illinois, Kansas and Oklahoma in St. Louis, Kansas City, Columbia, Springfield, Wichita, Tulsa and beyond

At Stange Law Firm, PC, we know how important it is for fathers to be a part of their child's lives. That's why we take every case we get seriously, making sure that we have a clear understanding of what is going on in your case, to help you reach the best possible outcome. At the end of the day, if you are an unwed parent and want to be a part of your child's life, it is important to get legitimation and paternity established.

If you are an unwed parent and are looking to establish legitimation or paternity, contact us online or by calling us at one of our convenient locations throughout the Midwest in cities such as St. Louis, Kansas City, Columbia, Springfield and elsewhere.