Missouri, Illinois, Kansas and Oklahoma Father’s Rights Attorneys in St. Louis, Kansas City, Columbia, Springfield, Wichita, Tulsa and the Midwest
Missouri, Illinois, Kansas and Oklahoma courts have come a long way toward protecting father’s rights. In many courts, there is no longer a presumption that mothers are automatically entitled to custody. Instead, courts are beginning to favor shared custody on an increased basis — meaning men and woman sharing the responsibility for care of their children.
Still, fathers can continue to face an uphill battle in certain cases. Out of the gates, some courts can still assume that fathers have histories of being the primary breadwinners and not primary caretakers of their children. When this is the case, fathers need strong and experienced lawyers to best protect their rights.
At Stange Law Firm, PC, our family law attorneys represent dads in all cases that may involve father’s rights, including:
- Divorce: We can help fathers in divorce and related family law matters. Find out more by reading about the divorce services we provide.
- Child custody disputes: We can represent men when they are trying to ensure that they can remain a big part in lives of their children regarding physical and legal custody, parenting time, allocation of parental responsibilities and other related matters.
- Motions to modify: Sometimes, court orders regarding custody, parenting time and support can be outdated due to changed circumstances of a substantial and continuing basis. In these situations, we can offer representation. .
- Motions for contempt: In some cases, one party can allege that the other has wilfully failed to abide by a prior court order regarding custody or support. In these cases, we can offer legal representation.
- Orders for protection: In divorce and others family law matters, an order of protection (also known as a protective order or restraining order) may end up being filed. In these cases, it is important to have an attorney in your corner.
- Paternity cases: One of the most common types of cases involving unmarried fathers is paternity litigation under the Uniform Parentage Act. In these cases, courts can require DNA tests, establish paternity, custody and support. It is vital that men have legal counsel during these types of proceedings.
- Appeals: After the conclusion of a divorce, paternity or other family law matter, a dad can sometimes feel as if the judgment/order is unjust and unfair. In some cases, the father may have the ability to appeal the decision. It is important to speak with a lawyer right away to ensure appeal deadlines are met.
What Fathers, Husbands and Men Can Do to Increase Their Chances of Getting a Satisfactory Child Custody Result in Missouri, Illinois, Kansas and Oklahoma?
If you are a father and are fighting for custody of your children, there are things you can do to increase your chances of success. Make time for your children and pursue work schedules that make joint or sole custody possible. If you are choosing a place to live, choose a home in a good school district. Make your home comfortable and safe, develop good relationships with your children and abide by court orders.
You can also make sure you have the right attitude in the courtroom. Avoid causing fights or disruptions, saying inflammatory things or engaging in name calling. Make a positive impression with the judge and guardian ad litem by showing patience and common sense.
To read more about our efforts to protect fathers’ rights, please read our Fathers’ Rights Blog. We have also written specific articles you might be interested in: Fathers’ rights topic: Presumption of shared child custody and Fathers’ rights topic: A new perspective on post-divorce parenting.
Contact a Father’s Rights Attorney (Dads, Husband and Men) for a Consultation in the St. Louis Area, Kansas City Area, Columbia, Springfield, Wichita, Tulsa and Beyond
Men can contact our law firm online or by phone to schedule a confidential consultation at any of our convenient locations.