Establishing paternity can help prevent criminal charges

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Fathers’ Rights on Thursday, August 29, 2019.

As summer draws to a close, Missouri parents are focused on their children, preparing for a new school year, sporting events and other fun things. While certainly, watching a child learn and grow is an exciting part of fatherhood, many dads might not be aware of how important it is to establish paternity. A recent tragedy left one father facing serious criminal charges.

The ordeal began when a young Missouri mother was found dead, apparently killed by someone else’s hand. As authorities frantically try to determine how she died and who is responsible, details are still unclear. The woman left behind three minor children. The children were thought to be missing, but authorities found them in the care of a man in another location.

The man in question had all three children with him. Unfortunately, the eldest child was the biological child of another man, who stated that he did not give permission for the man to take the child. While it is known that the man in question is in fact the biological father of the middle child, the paternity of the youngest child is unknown. As a result, he was charged with kidnapping. He may have only been trying to help the kids, but without proof of paternity, his actions are considered criminal.

If a parent wants to establish paternity of a child, contacting an experienced Missouri attorney may be the way to go. An attorney will be familiar with the legal process necessary to establish paternity and help a parent make quick work of the task. Once paternity is established, a parent will be able to exercise his legal rights to a child in emergency situations like the aforementioned case.

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