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Kansas City Paternity and Fathers Rights Defense

The issues of paternity can be complicated, both for a father denied visitation as well as for someone who doesn't believe he is the father of a child at all. While the courts and family law system are becoming better equipped to handle both cases with advances in science, such as genetic testing and research indicating the importance of having a father in the child's life, having an experienced attorney on your side can be a big step toward resolving your issue.

If You Are the Father, You Have Rights

At times, paternity cases can be more contentious than divorce and child custody cases. Many mothers fail to see that even if they have a child with a boyfriend or ex-boyfriend that they no longer want in their life, that person has rights.

Even if you've never been married or closely involved with the mother, the child is still yours. However, in Missouri, unless you are married to the mother, you don't have any paternity rights until you petition the court, get genetic testing and have a judge rule that you are the biological father.

Time is of the essence, because even if your name is on the birth certificate, until you get the courts involved the mother can make all the decisions, including to take the child away.

Fighting for your rights as a father is crucial, and my office has more than two decades of experience in helping people just like you secure those rights. Contact me today for a consultation about how to be a part of your child's life.

If You Are Not the Father

Then you have to act quickly to protect yourself against having to pay support for someone else's child. Once a mother sues for support, the court will automatically assume the named father is responsible unless that person fights the claim by requesting genetic testing. Choosing not to do that before the court makes a ruling means that if you find out later that the child is not yours, it may be too late.

I can guide you through defending against claims of paternity and petitioning for genetic testing. If you feel you aren't the father, then contact me today to begin fighting the claim.