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May 2013 Archives

Child Custody in Missouri: Defined- Part 1: Legal Custody

Potential clients often contact me telling me that they want to fight for sole custody or joint custody of their children. Often, after I explain to them how Missouri defines child custody, they either change their goals or realize that the label, in some cases, is not nearly as important as the details. So how does the state of Missouri look at custody? First, there are two components in Missouri to child custody: legal custody and physical custody. Legal custody has to do with decision making as to important aspects of the child's life- education, medical, religious upbringing and in some cases, sports and activities.

RELOCATION OF YOUR RESIDENCE: WHAT DOES IT MEAN IF YOU NEED TO MOVE OUT OF THE STATE OF MISSOURI (OR WITHIN THE STATE) AND ARE A CUSTODIAL PARENT

The unstable and unpredictable job market in Missouri often makes it necessary for a person to move to another state to pursue employment. This can be particularly troubling if that person is a divorced parent.
Missouri (as well as most other states) has somewhat restrictive requirements when it comes to relocating your residence if you and your former spouse share custody of children. First there is a notice requirement, in which you need to inform the other parent of your proposed move, in writing, at least 60 days prior to the move. Some very specific information is required in this notice.

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