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When are men presumed a child's legal father?

45234478_S.jpgFor custodial parents and non-custodial parents, there are times when it is vital to understand whether or not a man is presumed to be a child's legal father. Whether you are worried about receiving child support that you and your child are counting on or you fear that you will be ordered to pay support for a child that is not biologically yours, understanding where Missouri law stands on this topic could be very important.

The Missouri Courts says that a man is presumed to be a child's legal father if he was married to the child's mother at the time of the child's birth or if the birth occurred no later than 300 days after the man divorced the child's mother, according to state law. If a man who was married to a child's mother does not believe that he is the biological father of the child, he can file a petition.

If you have been presumed to be a child's father and you do not believe the child is yours, you may want to look into your options and consider filing a petition. However, as with all matters related to family law, it is important to make sure that you understand what is required of you and take a careful approach.

Although the information put forward in this piece is being offered to shed light on the presumption of legal fatherhood according to the guidelines in Missouri, it is not to be viewed as a replacement for legal help.

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