Many fathers are eager to step up to the plate when it comes to parenting. They are the dads who are there to watch the Little League game and the ones to take their daughter to the park. And while their parenting may be different than a mother's, it is no less important when it comes to the healthy development of a child.
A state's Supreme Court recently ruled a Missouri father does not have any custody rights when it comes to his 10-year-old daughter. It was determined that he should not have child custody rights because he simply waited too long after taking a paternity test to try and get custody of her.
Stange Law Firm will once again host FREE Unmarried Father's Seminars. The dates are Wed., May 16, 2012 at the Quality Inn in St. Charles and Thurs., May 17, 2012 at the Des Peres Lodge in Des Peres. Both nights begin at 7 p.m.
Back in February we posted on the heartbreaking story of a father who had only seen his daughter once in four years. This was all due to the fact that without his permission, the mother of the child let her brother and sister-in-law adopted the little girl. However, in what is being considered a win for fathers around the country, the biological dad was recently awarded visitation rights.
The result of one father's 6-year custody battle is a bill introduced by one of the members of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys that would allow an adoption of a child without the father's consent. What many people don't know is that Missouri law requires an unmarried father to declare paternity of a child within 15 days of that child's birth. But what about fathers who are not informed of a partners pregnancy or their pending fatherhood in a timely manner?
When a child is born to married parents, there is rarely any question over who the biological father of the child is. However, when a child is born out of wedlock, paternity is one of the questions that can arise.
It's certainly disturbing to even think about, but the truth remains that there are some women who will attempt to claim that someone is the father of their child in order to receive child support. And while this can happen to anyone -- regardless of fame or not -- a recent paternity test taken by Red Sox baseball player David Ortiz was a prime example of how some people will make false allegations regarding fatherhood.
Over the past five decades there has been a steady increase in the number of children born to unwed parents. In fact, nowadays, more than half of the children who are born to women under the age of 30 are also born to parents who are not married. And while there are several theories on this cultural shift, the fact remains that without proper precautions, unmarried men can end up losing their rights as parents more easily than those who are married.