A paternity case is established when a Petition for Paternity is filed by an unmarried person who needs their rights and obligations established by the Court.
Paternity cases are often confused for a process meant to determine the father of the child. This is rarely the case, but DNA testing can be ordered by the Court. However, most paternity cases are pursued by parents who know they are the biological parent of the minor child and want to set up rights and obligations.
Rights may include the details of the custody and your parenting plan for your child. Missouri courts will consider a number of factors, but will ultimately act in the best interest of the child. Obligations may include defining a child support amount that accounts for all relevant factors in Missouri child custody law.
A knowledgeable child custody attorney can save or cost the paying parent hundreds of dollars per month, so it’s best to select an attorney with a specialization in family law proceedings.
The Two Main Aspects to a Paternity Case
Every paternity case will define two key factors:
Child support cases can be as simple as filing Form 14 or as complicated as a major hearing. It is not uncommon for people to avoid paying the proper amount of child support or mismanage support to fund their desired lifestyle. Child support negotiation remains some of the most complex litigation to avoid such abuse, and an experienced family law attorney can make all the difference.
Haefner Law Office offers of St. Louis’ key experts in family and divorce law that will work to ensure your case concludes fairly and amicably. From imputing income to completing discovery on former employers, we know what it takes for you to have the best possible chance at getting or paying what you deserve.
Child support law is constantly shifting to meet the times and demands of a new landscape. Experienced family law attorneys offer more opportunities to receive a fair and equitable result by understanding the law, courts, and litigation that shapes these situations.
The experts at Haefner Law Office, LLC know what you need to do to protect your children. Family Law is where we have focused the clear majority of our attention since day one.
While a settlement is always preferred, it’s important to prepare for case to reach trial. Too often clients are told to accept and settle on parenting plans they do not want or cannot comply with, only to be back in Court within a few years to litigate a Motion to Modify or Contempt to Comply.
Child custody in Missouri is always a tough battle for parents. We will use our skills to represent you to the best of our abilities, which are second-to-none. If you have a contested Paternity situation, you need to be represented. Your child is too important not to have an expert by your side.
Haefner Law Office has since developed a Flat Rate process that offers expert legal services at a flexible and affordable price. Clients benefit from the option to select and pay for only the legal services they use when pursuing their case.
Haefner Law Office will always recommend an uncontested paternity option for amenable parties, but it may not be the best option for everyone.
We take pride in our ability to offer extraordinary value with our Uncontested Paternity cases but shine best in adversarial situations in and outside of court. Whether mediation or litigation, our family law attorneys will pursue the best course of action for you and your family.
Our flat rate paternity options deliver that course of action with the peace of mind of an affordable, customizable rate that only covers the legal services you need.
Learn more about how Haefner Law Office prices our flat-rate paternity rates with our one-minute primer:
Experienced Paternity Lawyers in St. Louis, MO
Haefner Law Office, LLC is a boutique St. Louis family law firm concentrating our practice exclusively in the areas of family law.
Contact Haefner Law Office at (314) 200-6101 to get more information regarding Paternity issues and see if it is right for you and your family.
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