Lawyer Standing Up For Your Parental Rights

In the past, paternity was a small fraction of the overall practice of family law. In recent years, these cases have seen a dramatic rise. An experienced St. Charles paternity attorney can guide you through these emotionally turbulent times.

The Complex Nature Of Paternity Cases

Unlike a divorce, where a dozen or more issues need to be resolved, paternity focuses strictly on issues of custody, visitation and support. At Turken and Porzenski, L.L.C., we have more than 17 years of experience helping clients through paternity cases.

  • Child custody and visitation: Generally, these types of paternity issues come with a large emotional component. Often, parents who have not been active in the child's life now want to be. It can be frustrating to incorporate these new roles in a child's life. We have experience representing both sides in these cases.
  • Child support: In Missouri, as a general rule, the court can collect back child support from five years prior to the filing. This is a big issue for both sides. If you are the custodial parent, you are getting back support that should have been paid five years ago. If you are the non-custodial parent, you are now required to pay five years worth of support. We have experience representing both sides through these challenging calculations.

One of the challenges in paternity cases can deal with the surname of the child. In past years, it was a simple procedure to just give the child the last name of the father. However, currently it is difficult to change the surname without consent from both parents. Our lawyer knows certain arguments and strategies to make the process run smoothly.

Contact Our Firm

If you have questions regarding paternity, contact Turken and Porzenski, L.L.C., to schedule a consultation and a valuable assessment of your case by calling 636-352-1619 or 888-875-1907. Our office is open on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and is conveniently located near the St. Charles County Courthouse. We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.