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Missouri, Illinois, Kansas and Oklahoma Paternity Lawyers

Missouri, Illinois, Kansas and Oklahoma Paternity Attorneys in St. Louis, Kansas City, Columbia, Springfield, Bloomington, Topeka, Wichita, Tulsa and Beyond

National statistics indicate that the out-of-wedlock birth rate is about 40 percent. When a married couple has a baby, the identity of the father almost never comes into question. If a child is born to unwed parents, however, the father’s identity may not always be as apparent. In cases where a child is born out of wedlock, a father has to file a paternity action if he wants to ensure that he has custody rights to his child.

Contrary to popular belief, simply being on a birth certificate does not give a father an enforceable custody order. If a father does not file a paternity case, a common scenario is where there is an administrative child support order put in effect against the father through the Division of Child Support Enforcement (or other state agency in your jurisdiction). Yet, while paying child support, the father still has no child custody schedule and right to see his child or be an equal decision-maker. If unmarried men fail to establish their rights, courts also have the discretion to award five years back child support.

At Stange Law Firm, PC, our dedicated St. Louis paternity issues lawyers represent clients on all sides of these cases. We have extensive experience in paternity disputes. We know the law and we know your rights. We understand what is at stake, and we work diligently to reach the best possible outcome on your behalf.

Strong Representation in Your Paternity Case

Making an accurate determination about the paternity of a child is critical. The results of these actions will have a serious impact on everyone involved for many years. Child support, custody and visitation, parental rights and other considerations will all move forward from the outcome of the paternity action.

When you hire our firm, we will do everything in our power to ensure that you get the right answers, including ensuring the integrity of the DNA testing. No matter which side of the case you are on, we will work to build the strongest possible case to support your position.

From our webpage, you can also find out more about the following topics at the links below or from the menu:

  • Legitimation – Ensuring that a child us found to be the child of a father can be important in many paternity cases.
  • Parental rights – Establishing parental rights can also be an important issue in paternity cases.
  • Holiday visitation and child custody – In paternity cases, having a holiday schedule put in place can be vital in ensuring that both parents get to see a child during the holidays.
  • Creating a parenting plan – Ensuring that there is a parenting plan or custody schedule is critical for unmarried parents.
  • Child support – Making sure that the financial needs of a child are met can be a critical part of a paternity case.
  • Transportation – For many unmarried parents, knowing where and when children will be exchanged is a critical issue.
  • Name change – The last name of the child can be critically important for many unmarried parents.  In some cases, a court my consider a hyphenated last name.
  • Educational expenses – The cost of education, including private education or college education can be a vital issue for many unmarried parents.

Our clients in these cases have included:

  • Unmarried men who are denied frequent and meaningful contact to their children by the mother
  • Mothers who are trying to establish paternity to secure child support
  • Alleged fathers who deny any biological relation to the child

A fathers relationship to his child is critical and there are plenty of fathers who want to have an active role in their child’s life. We have written a few articles on the topic of dad’s and their importance: Missouri Legal Summary on Paternity Cases, The Importance of Fathers, How is paternity established in Missouri?A Dad’s Power of Example and Paternity: The Importance of Establishing a Legal Father for Your Child.  You can also listen to more on this topic in a podcast titled: I am on the birth certificate.

Contact a Paternity Attorney in St. Louis, Kansas City, Columbia, Springfield, Bloomington, Topeka, Wichita, Tulsa and Beyond

To schedule a consultation with a Missouri, Illinois, Kansas or Oklahoma paternity lawyer, contact us online or by phone at 855-805-0595.

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Our child custody practice focuses on protecting the wellbeing of children and the rights of parents. We handle issues such as:
Visitation
Often called parenting time, visitation is the amount of time a noncustodial parent spends with his or her child. We can handle a broad spectrum of visitation matters.
Creating a parenting plan
Getting visitation rights means drafting a parenting plan that works. We can help.
Relocation with a child
Courts have continuing jurisdiction over child custody and visitation orders. So, when a parent wants to move, it is usually necessary to get the court's permission first. Failure to do so can put your time with your child in jeopardy.
Enforcement of orders
If a parent fails to follow a child custody order, it may be possible to take him or her to court to enforce the order.
Contempt of court
If you are found to have repeatedly ignored a court order, you may be found in contempt of court.
Modification of orders:
When you need a court order changed, you can work with the experienced attorneys at Stange Law Firm, PC.
Custody Issues for Nonmarried Parents
Next to divorce actions, paternity cases (custody and support cases between unmarried parents) are among the most common cases in family law.
Parental Rights
Parents are often concerns about their parental rights, especially fathers in certain circumstances.
Family Access Motions
If you are being denied access to your children, you may want to consider a family access motion.
Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act
If you have jurisdictional issues involving your custody case, you will want an attorney familiar with the UCCJEA.
Custody Evaluations
If you have a complex custody case where psychological issues or abuse may be in play, you might want to consider a child custody evaluation
Hague Convention
If you are dealing with an international child custody dispute, and perhaps child abduction, knowing about the Hague Convention is often critical.
Third-Party Custody
If you are not the biological parents, in certain cases all may not be lost. You might have a right to third party custody in certain situations.
Fertility and Surrogacy
Fertility and surrogacy is a growing area of the law for those who want children.
Transportation
In some custody cases, parties might live far apart. This can result in difficult child custody cases with transportation at issue.

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