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St. Louis Paternity Expungement Attorney

Obtaining Expungements in St. Louis City, St. Louis County, St. Charles County, Jefferson County, Franklin County and Others

If a court has declared you to be the father of a child or you have been convicted for failing to provide child support, the consequences can be dire. The ramifications can range from a court order for child support for several years in the case of a paternity suit, to a term of imprisonment, an order for child support, and the stigma of a criminal conviction in the event of a criminal prosecution for Criminal Nonsupport.

These consequences are especially difficult to accept when you are not the biological father of the child in question.

Expungement of Paternity / Child Support Judgment

Whether you simply learned later that the child was not yours or were actively misled into believing that you were the biological father, Missouri law permits those individuals who have been the subject of a paternity or child support order to petition the court for relief and set aside the court's judgment.

Upon a finding that you are not the father of the child, the court may set aside the judgment of paternity and any orders of child support, order that any debt for past due child support be extinguished, and require the appropriate agency to modify the child's birth certificate.

Expungement of Criminal Nonsupport Conviction

Despite the inequity, it is not a defense to a criminal prosecution for Criminal Nonsupport that you are not the biological father of the child. While it may in some limited circumstances be beneficial to raise the issue, a court cannot consider the lack of paternity as evidence which may relieve you of criminal responsibility.

However, the lack of paternity can later be used to have all records related to the conviction, such as arrest, plea, trial, and judgment, expunged and closed. The intended effect of the expungement is to restore the person to the status they held prior to any arrest, plea/trial, and conviction.

Contact our criminal nonsupport expungement lawyer today to help you get started with this process.

Petition for Expungement

A petition for relief must be filed in the court having jurisdiction over the relevant matters and must be filed as soon as possible as there is a time limit on the filing of such a petition. You need to act today to avoid losing your right to relief. If you have already taken a paternity test demonstrating or you strongly believe that you are not the father of a child that forms the basis of a finding of paternity, a child support order, or conviction for Criminal Nonsupport, contact the experienced attorney at the Whiteley Law Firm today to obtain the relief you deserve.

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