Not too long ago, questions of paternity were something like gambling. You could take a blood test, but was hardly conclusive and if a mother denied the paternity of a man and the blood test did not match, his effort to be named as the father could be frustrated. Today, with the advent of DNA testing, the scientific accuracy of the test is now virtually 100 percent, and a mother's protestations now have less force.
Father's rights are a complex issue. During a divorce, many judges in the St. Louis area probably still feel that raising children is "women's work." This can lead to the presumption that when it comes to custody matters, a mother will receive the custody of the children. For fathers, this can mean they must fight to obtain shared custody.
When a divorce occurs here in Missouri, a core problem is often parents who can no longer get along with each other. When they have children, this can be a significant problem. In most divorce settlements, the child custody portion will require varying degrees of interaction and cooperation between the parents.
If you and your child's other parent are either currently navigating a divorce or have recently finalized one, you are likely feeling overwhelmed by the process of becoming a single parent. Even if you have a significant support network in your life, it is never easy to transition from parenting with a partner to parenting alone. The challenges inherent in this process may be exacerbated if you and your child's other parent are not getting along at the moment.
Being a parent is often difficult, and it is even harder after divorce. Many divorced dads want to stay actively involved in their children's lives, which is complicated when the custody and visitation agreement is unbalanced.
There's no debating the fact that reproductive science has come a long way in recent decades. These advances have allowed children to be conceived and born to couples who previously could not have biologically related kids.
As frequent visitors to our blog know, we often like to talk about Missouri law and how it affects residents here in St. Louis County and across Missouri. In a post back in February last year, we talked about the push across the nation for joint custody arrangements, which oftentimes provide a middle ground between fathers' rights advocates and a child's best interests. In the post, we left it up to our readers to decide whether they thought the same way.