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Many people throughout Missouri, Illinois, Kansas, Oklahoma Nebraska, and Indiana 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 with 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.

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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 multi-state locations in cities such as in MO, IL, KS, OK, NE & IN.


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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:
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.
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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