Kansas City Paternity Law 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. The courts and family law system are 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. But having an experienced attorney on your side is important in asserting your rights and resolving your issue.
My name is Kathryn Beeman. I have helped fathers in Clay County and the Kansas City area fight for their rights to see their children. Call me at 816-781-4403 to learn how I can help.
If You Are The Father, You Have Rights
At times, paternity cases can be more contentious than divorce cases and child custody battles. Many mothers will not accept that, when they have a child with a boyfriend or ex-boyfriend that they no longer want in their life, that father has legal rights.
Even if you’ve never been married or closely involved with the mother, the child is still yours. However, in Missouri, if you are not married to the mother, you have zero 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 taking the child out of Missouri to live in a faraway state.
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 paternity rights.
If You Are Not The Father
Then you must 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.