In divorce, equal child visitation is not a given. Even if you meet paternity requirements, the other parent is not obligated to let you see your child. If you worry the other parent will not honor your right as a parent, apply for a Parenting Plan.
If you pay for child support, this does not automatically establish visitation rights. However, in Missouri, you have the potential claim to equal child visitation through a court ruling.
How is paternity established?
The mother and father can sign an Affidavit Acknowledging Paternity at birth. If the father did not sign an affidavit, he could make a Declaration of Paternity. A court rules on the validity of this declaration.
Courts today are likely to deviate from the standard weekend visitation, which was so common in the past. Missouri law will act in the best interest of the child, which often means joint custody. If you can meet specific requirements, you have a better chance of earning the right to equal visitation. A Parenting Plan still establishes a residential parent. The residential parent holds the child’s address for mailing and school purposes.
How is the Parenting Plan enforced?
Courts enforce the established Parenting Plan. Usually, police do not interfere with these decisions. If you have a dispute about your parenting time, you need to reach out to the local courts to receive a ruling.
Child custody is a complicated and trying topic. To better guarantee that you can visit your child, try to get a court-ordered Parenting Plan. Creating a legal precedent is vital for fair and appropriate parenting responsibilities.