Paternity Establishment in St. Louis
A paternity case is a legal action to determine the father of a child.
A paternity action may be necessary if the child’s father will not voluntarily establish paternity, or the mother will not recognize the father.
Establishing paternity is a necessary step to allow unmarried parents to gain legal rights to child custody, support and visitation.
Paternity can be established by paternal testing, but may not be necessary in all cases.
Paternity can also be determined by an affidavit, signed by the child’s father, admitting paternity.