Paternity Lawyers in Lee’s Summit, MO
Content Reviewed by Kristin Siegel, JD | Attorney at Law
The purpose of a paternity action is to establish legal fatherhood of a child born to unwed parties. A paternity action may be initiated by either parent of the child. Presumed fathers who want to ensure that a child is theirs, or mothers who want to verify their children’s fathers are the most likely candidates for paternity actions. If your child was born out of wedlock, both you and the child have important rights that must be protected. Paternity actions often include provisions for custody, parenting time, child support and health insurance for the child. When biological paternity is at issue, a DNA test may be required. Paternity actions are uncontested when the parties agree on a custody arrangement, a schedule of parenting time, child support and other important issues concerning the child. If the parties cannot come to an agreement, the case may be highly contested. Our attorneys are equipped with the knowledge and experience to ensure that your legal rights are protected.
Paternity Law Missouri
In Missouri, paternity must be tested by a government approved agency under the Family Support Division. A DNA test will be ordered for a paternity action and it must show at least a 98% probability in order to establish a presumed father. First, after paternity is determined, an affidavit acknowledging paternity will be signed. A parenting plan and a parenting class will be required for parents who will have custody (joint or sole) of children. The class may be different in each county and a child custody attorney at Leonard Rodarte Siegel can point you to the correct course following a paternity action. After a paternity action in Missouri, it is then likely that either the courts or Family Support division will then determine child custody based on the wishes of the parents and the needs of the child. In addition to custody, child support will also be determined by the courts or Family Support Division depending on what arrangements are made by the parents. If a father is uncooperative or absent, a mother can take actions with the Child Support division to obtain an order establishing the father of the child(ren.) Again, a paternity action can be filed by either parent. Contact a Leonard Rodarte Siegel attorney for a consultation on your paternity action question and learn what your rights or responsibilities are under Missouri law.
How Can A Paternity Lawyer Assist in Paternity Actions?
During a paternity action, a specialized paternity action attorney can advise fathers or mothers on their rights and responsibilities for their child(ren.) A paternity action lawyer can assist with paternity order paperwork, DNA testing, child support or custody arrangements and other complex processes following a paternity judgement. Each parent has a duty to support their children and a lawyer will ensure that all steps of the paternity process are equitable and legal. Paternity actions can be an expensive endeavor for fathers and or mothers depending on what a court finds through DNA testing. The outcome of these tests can drastically alter child custody or support proceedings as the DNA evidence is established. As a representative for you during an uncontested or highly contested case, a lawyer will ensure that all proceedings follow the tenets of law and establish obligations for both parents. Should you need help with establishing paternity or advice for handling the outcome of a paternity action, our lawyers at Leonard Rodarte Siegel will fight for your rights and help you understand what happens next.
Contact Us Today For A Professional Paternity Action Consultation
Our child support attorneys have assisted many clients in establishing paternity in Missouri including Cass County, Clay County, Jackson County, Johnson County, Lafayette County, Platte County, and Other Surrounding Counties. Each paternity case varies in complexity and our paternity action attorneys help with handling divorce, paternity actions and other complex situations that arise. Our paternity lawyers will review your case to ensure we handle it in a timely, quick and affordable manner. Let our Lees Summit Missouri Custody Lawyers at Leonard Rodarte Siegel, LLC work for you. Contact us at 816-836-9950 or contact us online.