Paternity Attorneys in Taney County
Compassionately Helping Clients Establish Paternity
Missouri residents may want to establish the paternity of a child for numerous reasons. Men who believe they fathered a child may want to be more involved in their child’s life. Women who believe a man fathered a child may want that man to make child support payments. Whatever your reason may be, you should retain experienced representation to establish paternity since the process for doing so is often complex and confusing.
At The Garrett Law Firm, our paternity attorneys in Taney County have years of experience in this complicated practice area. We can navigate you through the legal proceedings as we help you make well-informed decisions regarding your future and family. Our firm has a long track record of success in establishing paternity, and we know what it takes to win. You can rely on our lawyers to provide you with the caring and capable representation you deserve.
Call The Garrett Law Firm today at (417) 221-4113 or contact us online to learn more about our Taney County paternity lawyers and how we can help you.
How to Establish Paternity
Arguably the simplest away to establish the paternity of a child is to have both parents sign an Affidavit Acknowledging Paternity when the baby is born at the hospital. Even if both parents agree on paternity but do not sign the affidavit at the hospital, you can usually do so at a later point in time. You can sign the affidavit with the assistance of Vital Records, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services’ Bureau, or Missouri’s Family Support Division. However, if parents disagree regarding the paternity of the child, they may request the Family Support Division to conduct a genetic test. The man who gets tested legally becomes the father of a child if the genetic test reveals he is 98 percent or more likely to be the father.
Establishing paternity provides many different benefits, including:
- Making it possible to change the child’s last name
- Allowing the father to spend time with the child and be active in their life
- Providing legal rights to the father when there is fear the mother is trying to deprive the father of parental rights
- Ensuring the father has a legal right to the relationship, thereby making future parenting agreements such as child custody and child support less legally complex
Call (417) 221-4113 for Effective Advocacy
The Garrett Law Firm truly cares about our clients, and we relentlessly fight on their behalf. You can depend on us to help you at each stage of the process and ensure your rights are always fully protected. Get started on your case today by calling us at (417) 221-4113, and discuss your situation with one of our paternity lawyers in Taney County.