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West County Family Law
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Ballwin, MO 63021
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West County Family Law is located in Ballwin, Missouri, and serves the cities of St. Louis, Chesterfield, Fenton, Valley Park, Clayton, Creve
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West County Family Law PaternityAttorneys
Joel Case & Sally Rajnoha
In Missouri, issues regarding establishment of paternity, child support, and custody of children born out of wedlock are
governed by the Missouri Uniform Parentage Act (MoUPA). Either parent can file a Petition in the Circuit Court in order to establish paternity
and for orders of custody and child support.
A parent wanting to establish paternity and obtain financial support only may instead go through the State of Missouri’s
Family Support Division. Custody plans are not dealt with by this agency; therefore, an action must be brought in the court to
establish a visitation or custody plan. An action to establish paternity may be brought at any time for a child who has a
presumed father. What is a “presumed father”?
Section 210.822 of the Missouri Uniform Parenting Act states:
1. A man shall be presumed to be the natural father of a child if:
(1) He and the child's natural mother are or have been married to each other and the child is born during the marriage, or
within three hundred days after the marriage is terminated by death, annulment, declaration of invalidity, or dissolution, or
after a decree of separation is entered by a court; or
(2) Before the child's birth, he and the child's natural mother have attempted to marry each other by a marriage solemnized
in apparent compliance with the law, although the attempted marriage is or may be declared invalid, and:
(a) If the attempted marriage may be declared invalid only by a court, the child is born during the attempted marriage or within three hundred
days after its termination by death, annulment, declaration of invalidity or dissolution; or
(b) If the marriage is invalid without a court order, the child is born within three hundred days after the termination of cohabitation; or
(3) After the child's birth, he and the child's natural mother have married or attempted to marry each other by a marriage solemnized in
apparent compliance with law, although the marriage is or may be declared invalid, and:
(a) He has acknowledged his paternity of the child in writing filed with the bureau; or
(b) With his consent, he is named as the child's father on the child's birth certificate; or
(c) He is obligated to support the child pursuant to a written voluntary promise or by court order; or
(4) An expert concludes that the blood tests show that the alleged parent is not excluded and that the probability of paternity is ninety-eight
percent or higher, using a prior probability of 0.5.
2. A presumption pursuant to this section may be rebutted in an appropriate action only by clear and convincing evidence,
except that a presumption under subsection 1 of this section that arises from a blood test or the filing of an acknowledgment
of paternity in a state or territory in which the blood test or the filing creates a conclusive presumption by law also has
conclusive effect in Missouri. If two or more presumptions arise which conflict with each other, the presumption which on
the facts is founded on the weightier considerations of policy and logic controls. The presumption is rebutted by a court
decree establishing the paternity of the child by another man.
WHEN? Remember, an action to establish the existence or nonexistence of a presumed father-child relationship may be
brought at any time by one of the parties named above who has standing to bring such an action.
NO PRESUMED FATHER?
If there is no presumed father, an action to determine the existence of the father/child relationship is typically brought by
the child’s mother, the Family Support Division, or a man alleging himself to be the father. In some situations a guardian or custodian may
initiate the action.
WHEN? If there is no presumed father, an action to establish the existence or nonexistence of a presumed father-child relationship must be
brought no later than eighteen (18) years after the birth of the child. A child who has no presumed father
may bring their own action within three (3) years after attaining age eighteen (18).
This is general information provided to answer some of your initial questions. Paternity actions are very complicated and
time sensitive. Consult with a qualified attorney to find out more information relating to your situation.