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The importance of discussing paternity cases

Nowadays, unmarried fathers from Missouri and elsewhere in the nation are becoming more involved in raising their children. This is true especially in child custody disputes, where fathers are now seeking shared custody. However, not all fathers find it easy to deal with custody cases, especially if they were not acknowledged as the biological father of the children. Paternity must be established first before fathers can fight for the custody of their children. Parents, both mothers and fathers, must understand that the involvement of both parental figures can benefit their children.

Fathers can establish paternity by signing an affidavit, acknowledging that they are the biological father of their children. Mothers, on the other hand, can request paternity in cases where fathers deny their parental responsibilities. DNA testing can determine if the fathers are indeed the biological fathers of the children. Parents must understand that establishing paternity can lead to more issues, such as child custody and visitation and child support. Once paternity has been established, the father can seek custody and visitation rights. A court will determine if the father's involvement is in the best interests of the children. Courts may also order the father to pay child support.

At the end of the day, it is the children who will benefit if both parents are involved in childrearing and other important matters. Parents can make major decisions in raising their children, which depends on the custody arrangement.

Our law firm has helped many parents when it comes to paternity disputes and similar concerns. With our years of experience, we can help determine which option best fits the situation. For more information, readers may visit our website.

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