Advocating For The Rights Of Fathers
Fathers play an essential role in their child’s life. What happens when your child’s mother or a court tells you that you cannot see your child? Missouri and Kansas fathers often face a difficult battle when trying to fight for custody of their children. When this happens, fathers need experienced and skilled attorneys to help protect their rights.
At Albano, Richart, Welch & Bajackson, LLC, we serve clients in the Independence and Kansas City communities with honest representation and strong advocacy. We understand how difficult it is to fight for your child, and we honor that bravery by fighting alongside you.
Fathers Often Face Greater Obstacles In Child Custody Cases
While child custody laws in Missouri are not supposed to consider gender as a factor when awarding child custody, it is rarely the same for men and women. Fathers often face unique challenges while fighting for custody or visitation of their child.
Some common issues that fathers may face include:
- Visitation rights
- Child support
- The mother moving away with the child
- Inability to make decisions about the child’s life
The best way to solve and prevent these issues from occurring is to contact an experienced Kansas City area paternity and fathers’ rights lawyer as soon as possible. We can walk you through your options and help you file to establish paternity so that you can take your rightful role in your child’s life.
The Importance Of Establishing Paternity
When a father’s name is on a birth certificate, it is a common misconception that it means he is legally considered the father of the child. However, this is not true if the parents were not married when the child was born. The father listed on the birth certificate does not have the same parental rights until he is legally declared the legal and biological father through a court order. If you are not considered the legal father of your child, you may not have the right to custody or visitation.
That is why it is essential to go through the process of establishing paternity with the court. Paternity is established by either parent filing in state court. The father must show that he is the biological father of a minor child through DNA testing or an agreement between the biological parents or by signing an affidavit acknowledging paternity at the hospital when the child is born.
You Deserve Equal Rights To Your Child
If you are a father fighting for custody or visitation of your children, there are things you can do to increase your chance of success. We can help you file to establish paternity so that you can claim equal rights to your child. Contact us today at 816-533-7673 or fill out an online contact form to learn more about how we can help you.