We Help Fathers And Mothers Resolve Paternity Issues

Paternity disputes can be some of the most difficult domestic relations issues with which to deal. There may be a dispute as to who is the biological father. These situations can be both happy and frustrating at the same time. Even if the father has not been involved in the child's or the mother's life, both he and the mother may be responsible for the costs of birthing and raising the child, including medical expenses, medical insurance, birth costs, prenatal care and child support. Health insurance orders can be made by the court, as well.

Paternity issues may also arise in divorce cases when a child is born before the date of marriage, or where a third party is alleged to be the father of one of the children, called a "putative father." In this circumstance, the court may order genetic or DNA testing to determine the child's true father. The results of the paternity test may determine whether the divorcing husband has to pay child support to the mother, or whether the third party is the father of the child.

Paternity As It Relates To State Assistance

Paternity issues also arise in the context of a mother who is applying for state aid in Missouri. The state may send out orders for genetic testing to determine the child's father, and whether that father has the financial resources to support the child.

At the Law Offices of Susan L. Ward, LLC, we can assist in all types of paternity disputes, whether for the putative father or for the mother. If you have received a summons, petition, judgment, default, contempt or administrative order, please call the attorneys at our office today to discuss your legal rights and responsibilities.

Schedule A Meeting To Discuss Your Matter

If you have any questions, or if you would like to speak with an experienced St. Louis, Missouri, attorney regarding your paternity dispute, please do not hesitate to call us at 314-783-9400. If you prefer, you may complete the form on the Contact page of this website, and a representative from our office will be in touch with you shortly.