Missouri, Illinois, Kansas and Oklahoma Fathers’ Rights Lawyers

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  • Motions to modify: Sometimes, court orders regarding custody, parenting time and support can be outdated due to changed circumstances of a substantial and continuing basis.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.

You can also view our Missouri Form 14 Child Support Calculator, Illinois Child Support Calculator or Kansas Child Support Calculator if you need information regarding child support.

From our webpage, you can also read articles about family law, view informational videos, seminar videos, listen to our podcast or download our mobile application.

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.

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Representing Clients in Divorce & Family Matters

We also handle many other family law matters, including but not limited to:

Dissolution of Marriage
Unfortunately, there are times when a marriage is irretrievably broken and a divorce is the only option. We can help with your uncontested, contested, simple or complex divorce case.
Legal Separation
There are some instances where married parties are separated, but are unsure whether their marriage can be reconciled or may later need to be dissolved. We can help with a legal separation if this is the case.
Annulment
In certain circumstances, a party may be able to seek an annulment if there are circumstances that led to a party being fraudulently induced into entering a marriage.
Family Law
Unfortunately, there are times when a marriage is irretrievably broken and a divorce is the only option. We can help with your uncontested, contested, simple or complex divorce case.
Collaborative Law/Mediation
If you are looking for an amicable resolution to your divorce or family law matter, we have attorneys who can help you with a collaborative family law case or mediation.
Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements
These agreements help couples make critical decisions about their relationships, just in case. While prenuptial agreements are drafted before a marriage, postnuptial agreements are drafted during the marriage, usually when circumstances change.
Paternity Law/Mediation
With approximately forty-percent of all children being born out of wedlock, we represent numerous unmarried parents in child custody and child support disputes. These cases are the twenty-first century divorce and extremely common.
Guardianships and conservatorships
We also represent clients in matters of guardianships and conservatorships, helping them protect the people they love — especially when those people can no longer care for themselves. Our work in this area often involves people facing physical and mental illnesses, alcoholism and addiction.
Fertility and surrogacy
We can help clients negotiate fertility and surrogacy agreements, drafting and executing all related documents as well as resolving any conflicts that may arise.
Step-parent adoption
We represent parents in step-parent adoptions, which usually occur when a parent marries or remarries after the birth of a biological child. Step-parent adoptions help bring families closer together by creating a solid family unit.
Name Change
If you are seeking to legally change your name, we can help.
Orders of Protection
We can help you in legal proceedings involving restraining orders.
Adoption
We are honored to represent clients who wish to adopt a child into their family.
Minor emancipation
In some cases, minors do best when they are given the rights and responsibilities of adults. We assist in minor emancipation, representing both teens and their parents.
Grandparents' rights
Lawyers at our firm also handle grandparents' rights issues such as child custody, guardianship and grandparent adoption.
Appeals
We represent parties in appeals of adverse family court judgments, including divorce, child custody, child support, maintenance and grandparent visitation.
Child Support
We represent clients in matters involving child support.
Child Custody
We represent parents in child custody disputes.
Juvenile Matters
We represent parties in juvenile matters involving the Division of Family Law Services.
Modifications
We assist clients in modifying prior child custody and child support judgments when the facts call for it.
Contempt
We help clients in contempt of court matters as well as family access motions.
Military Divorce
We are proud to represent service members in divorce and family law matters.
Serving the St. Louis Metropolitan Area, Kansas City, Columbia, Springfield, Wichita, Topeka, Tulsa and Beyond in Missouri, Illinois, Kansas and Oklahoma

From our webpage, you can also read articles about family law, view informational videos, seminar videos, listen to our podcast, download our mobile application or view support calculators for MissouriIllinois and Kansas.

If you are looking to find and hire a child custody lawyer, contact us online or by phone to schedule a consultation at any of our convenient locations.

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