Missouri, Illinois, Kansas, and Oklahoma Father’s Rights Attorneys
Missouri, Illinois, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Nebraska courts have come a long way toward protecting fathers’ 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 women share the responsibility for caring for 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 the 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 of 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- Motions to modify: Sometimes, court orders regarding custody, parenting time, and support can be outdated due to changed circumstances on a substantial and continuing basis.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 other family law matters, an order of protection (also known as a protective order or restraining order) may end up being filed. In these cases, having an attorney in your corner is important.
- Paternity cases: One of the most common cases involving unmarried fathers is paternity litigation under the Uniform Parentage Act. In these cases, courts can require DNA tests, and establish paternity, custody, and support. Men must 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 be able to appeal the decision. Speaking with a lawyer immediately is important to ensure appeal deadlines are met.
What Fathers, Husbands, and Men Can Do to Increase Their Chances of Getting a Satisfactory Child Custody Result
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 on 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, Kansas Child Support Calculator, Oklahoma Child Support Calculator, and Nebraska Child Support Calculator if you need information regarding child support.
From our webpage, you can also read articles about family law, view informational videos, and seminar videos, listen to our podcast, or download our mobile application.
Contact a Multi-State Father’s Rights Attorney (Dads, Husband, and Men) for a Consultation Today
Men can contact our law firm online or by phone to schedule a confidential consultation at any of our convenient locations throughout Missouri, Illinois, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Nebraska in St. Louis, Chicago, Kansas City, Springfield, Columbia, Wichita, Topeka, Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Omaha, Lincoln, and beyond.