In Missouri, the law recognizes the importance of father-child relationships and gives fathers an equal right to custody and visitation.
Unfortunately, many dads still feel as though they are at the mercy of their child’s mom, and have no voice when it comes to making important decisions regarding the health, education and general welfare of their children.
At the St. Charles-based law office of Flesner Wentzel, we help fathers protect their visitation and custody rights, and obtain the parenting time they need to develop relationships with their children.
St. Louis Paternity Attorneys
Today, many children are born outside of marriage. However, even when parents agree on the paternity of their child, unmarried fathers must take steps to gain legal rights to custody and visitation.
In Missouri, unwed parents can agree to sign an Affidavit Acknowledging Paternity when the child is born. While this document states both parents agree on the paternity of their child, it does not automatically give custody and visitation rights to fathers. Instead, dads must file paternity suits to establish and enforce parenting time, and to gain the legal right to make decisions regarding their children’s health, education and general welfare.
If you signed an Affidavit Acknowledging Paternity, you may be on the hook for child support but have no rights to custody or visitation. At Flesner Wentzel, we can help.
Establishing legal paternity will also ensure your child has the right to inherit from you, and will have access to any veterans, Social Security or health benefits you may have.
At Flesner Wentzel, we help dads bring paternity actions that protect their rights as fathers, and ensure they get the visitation and custody time they want so they can develop meaningful relationships with their children.
Preserving Father-Child Bonds During Divorce
There is no presumption that children are better off with moms. In fact, after a divorce, many fathers share custody 50-50 with their ex-spouses, or even become the primary caretakers of minor children.
At Flesner Wentzel, we help divorcing dads protect their parenting rights during the divorce process. Our lawyers know how important father-child relationships are, and take steps to ensure those bonds aren’t broken.
Are you concerned about your child support obligations, or worried you won’t be able to see your children? Contact Flesner Wentzel for a free consultation with a St. Charles fathers’ rights attorney. Call our office at 636-442-4529. Se habla Español.