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parental rights

Clayton Family Law Attorney – Establishing Paternity Of A Child

As a Clayton family law attorney, I often see clients who haven’t established the paternity of a child in their life and they have a situation where they need to do so. In order to set up custody arrangements, visitation arrangements or child support, paternity must be established.

In Missouri, paternity is presumed in a few instances. For example, if a child’s natural mother and a man are married or have been married and a child is born either during or within 300 days after the marriage ends, the man is presumed to be the father. Paternity is also presumed if a man is obliged to pay child support, has been named the father on the birth certificate or he otherwise recorded his paternity and filed it with the Missouri Bureau of Vital Records. A Clayton family law attorney can help in this process should you need to determine paternity for a child. Continue reading

Mother Detained In Immigration Raid Stripped Of Parental Rights

In a ruling last week, the Carthage, Missouri couple will retain custody of a young boy separated from his mother five years ago in an immigration raid.

The Greene County judge ruled against the Guatemalan mother Wednesday, determining the boy, who will be six this fall, should stay with Melinda and Seth Moser who officially adopted the boy in 2008. 

The complicated case began when Bail Romero was arrested during an immigration raid in Barry County, Mo. at a poultry plant where she worked. Her son, who she had named Carlos, was six months old. As she remained in jail, the boy was cared for by relatives, then others. After five months, the Mosers began caring for the boy in their house. They filed for adoption. 

This case has garnered international attention. Attorneys for the woman said she was originally handed notice of the adoption in English while incarcerated and did not have legal counsel for at least two months after the Mosers began to pursue the adoption. 

Although the initial adoption was granted, an appeals panel overturned the trail court decision, saying that court lacked the authority to grant such an adoption. Then the Missouri State Supreme Court heard the case in January 2011 and ordered a new trial. 

The boy, who goes by the name Jamison, is both a United States and Guatemalan citizen, but only speaks English. Romero’s attorneys said they were reviewing the ruling and deciding whether to file an appeal.

If you need to deal with a legal matter in family courts, you need a qualified St. Louis attorney by your side. Call today for a free, initial consultation.

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Jeffrey A. Heater
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St. Louis, MO 63109

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