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August 2013 Archives


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. In the last article we discussed Legal Custody, now I will give a brief overview of Physical Custody. Physical custody deals with where the child actually "resides" and what specific days and times the children are with each parent. Joint physical custody may mean that the parents have equal parenting time but that is not always the case. A parent that has sole physical custody is very unlikely to have the child 100% of the time to the exclusion of the other parent.

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