On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Fathers’ Rights on Thursday, May 28, 2020.

Becoming a parent can feel a bit overwhelming sometimes. There is a lot to know about raising a child, and expectant parents may not know where to turn. Across Missouri, in addition to pregnancy outreach programs for expectant mothers, special programs just for dads are available too. These programs can help new dads learn the ropes and become educated about fathers’ rights.

According to the volunteers who provide these critical programs, many new dads are not aware of their rights as the biological father of a child. If a man is uncertain about his legal rights as a parent, he may be tempted to allow the mother to do all the decision-making, under the assumption that she is more knowledgeable about what might be best for a child. This can lead to contention between a child’s parents later in life, and dads are a crucial part of a child’s life. 

Even before a child is born, some men admit that they were under the impression that they had no say, despite being the father of an unborn child, about decisions made during the mother’s pregnancy. Others did not have a father figure present during their own childhood and are unsure about the ins and outs of parental rights and responsibilities. Fortunately, the modern dad has resources available to help.

In addition to various outreach programs and educational materials, a dad may find himself needing legal assistance to deal with matters like paternity or child custody. Fortunately, a dad can get in touch with a Missouri attorney who has experience protecting fathers’ rights. An attorney can help a client through each step of a court case or legal action so that a father can focus on loving, protecting and enjoying the children he loves.