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Why children fare best when they know their fathers

| Feb 20, 2018 | Paternity |

If you live in Missouri and believe you may have fathered a child, you may want to consider taking a paternity test so that you can secure the answers you need. If you are not the father of the child in question, a paternity test can keep you from having to pay child support. Conversely, finding out that you are, in fact, a child’s father, can prove tremendously beneficial not only for you, but for your child. At Turken & Porzenski, L.L.C., we have more than 17 years of experiencing helping clients conduct paternity tests and navigate related family law issues, and we have a firm understanding of just how important your presence in your son or daughter’s life can prove to be.

Per Fatherly, children who know both parents tend to fare better in numerous areas than those who do not have relationships with their fathers. Collectively, the many benefits children experience by maintaining relationships with their fathers are known as the “Father Effect.” Just how does the Father Effect impact your child’s overall well-being?

For starters, children who have present fathers are more likely to pursue healthy romantic relationships than children who do not have engaged fathers in their lives. Additionally, your son or daughter is statistically less likely to engage in risky sexual behavior if you maintain an active presence in his or her life.

Furthermore, your child is less likely to become obese over the course of his or her lifetime if he or she has a father who is active in his or her life, and he or she is also less likely to have to rely on public assistance for food, housing or what have you. Children who have fully engaged fathers also tend to fare better psychologically, meaning they are less likely to develop psychological problems, than those whose fathers do not maintain an active presence in their lives. More about paternity is available on our web page.