Gone are the days when the court automatically awards custody of a child in divorce to a mother. In fact, a court in Missouri (as all other states) is typically of the opinion that children fare best when given ample amounts of time with both parents. As such, many fathers find themselves battling to protect paternal rights when it comes to the future care and upbringing of their children after divorce.
It is typically necessary to officially establish paternity in order to protect paternal rights. When the court is making decisions regarding primary placement of children post-divorce, it considers various factors to determine what situation would be in keeping with their best interests. It is often possible for fathers to win full or shared custody of their children as most judges appreciate the noble efforts of fathers who want to fully participate in their children's lives.