Mother and Father may have never married, but had a child together out of wedlock. Paternity is the legal process to determine the father-child relationship and child custody schedule when a child is born out of wedlock. Many times the identity of the father is known, but the filing of a paternity action is still required to resolve issues related to child custody, visitation, child support, and birth related expenses. When the identity of the father is uncertain, paternity actions are used to establish the identity of the father through genetic testing, also known as DNA tests.
Paternity actions are frequently contested because Mother and Father often times do not reside together, but each parent is fighting for child custody. Child support also becomes a contested issue.
Our family law and divorce lawyers at Brydon, Swearengen & England P.C. regularly practice in high conflict litigation and have a reputation for aggressive and tenacious representation. Our lawyers will take the time to fully explain the paternity process.
Brydon, Swearengen & England P.C. has a reputation for excellence, thorough preparation and innovation. Our family law attorneys and divorce lawyers have diverse experience and complimentary talents to provide you attentive, efficient service.
Brydon, Swearing & England P.C. handles family law matters for clients throughout Mid-Missouri, in Jefferson City, Columbia, Eldon, Linn, Fulton, Osage Beach, Lake Ozark, Camdenton, Versailles, Boonville, Mexico, Sedalia, Hermann, Vienna, as well as the counties of Boone, Cole, Callaway, Cooper, Maries, Miller, Morgan, Moniteau, Osage, Camden, Gasconade, Audrain, Phelps, Montgomery, and others.
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