Unmarried parents have the same rights and responsibilities as those that choose to have children after marriage. This is the same for fathers and mothers. The difference is that unmarried fathers often have to seek a Court Declaration of Paternity, where the paternity of a father of child born after marriage is legally presumed. This does not mean that a genetic test is required. Many fathers publicly acknowledge paternity, have offered care and support to the child, and are already voluntarily placed on the child’s birth certificate.
There are many reasons people bring paternity actions and Garner Law has experience in and has handled cases where:
- Mothers want to obtain child support
- Fathers have been refused their parental rights but want to be involved
- Mother and / or Father want a legally enforceable Court Order that gives them specific rights to visitation through a parenting plan and resolves the issue of child support
Having an attorney can help you navigate the system and determine the most appropriate and cost effective route to protect your interests and priorities. It is important that you feel comfortable and confident in your attorney, and for this reason, Garner Law always offers a free initial consultation so that you can rest assured in your choice.
If you would like to discuss your options and determine your rights with a Springfield attorney, please contact us or call 417.319.2290 to set up your free initial consultation. If you are concerned that you cannot afford an attorney, Garner Law always offers flexible, monthly payment plans to better serve its client’s needs.