Grief is normal after child custody changes

The manner in which children will handle the news of their parents' divorce is different for every Missouri family. Some kids will take these changes in stride, while others may struggle to come to terms with the new structure of the family. A recent article suggests that for some kids, divorce and child custody changes...

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Family in child custody battle with state

For most Missouri families, the thought of having their children taken away is one of the most distressing scenarios imaginable. Parents who remain in an intact marriage often feel assured that their family unit will remain unbroken, but it is important to understand that divorce is not the only child custody threat that families can...

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Study challenges assumptions regarding joint custody of children

Many child welfare experts believe that children of divorced parents fare better when one parent has sole custody. In Missouri and other states, this sole custody arrangement is thought to provide more stability and result in less stress for the children. However, a recent study from Sweden indicates that joint custody and shared-parenting arrangements may...

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Parents who fail to pay child support may end up in jail

While most Missouri parents attempt to pay the child support that they owe, there are others who fail to provide the financial support that their child may be in need of. In some cases, parents who fail to pay may end up in jail. While it may be believed that this is a just sentence,...

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Factors considered for moving a custody case to new state

Missouri parents who have physical custody of their children following divorces might move to different states for job purposes, to be closer to senior family members or other reasons. If the parents want to modify their custody orders for any reason, they generally have to return to Missouri, where the orders were issued. However, Missouri...

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Changing a custody order under Missouri law

Normally, to change an existing child custody order in the state of Missouri, a substantial change in circumstances on the part of one or both parents that would significantly alter the nature of the parent-child relationship must be demonstrated. A few possible reasons a custody order might be modified include the arrest of a parent...

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Parenting agreements in Missouri

While many Missouri divorces between parents are often complex and complicated, others are quick and easy. This is because Missouri parents who can still cooperate with each other can bypass many court hearings and negotiations by working together to come up with a parenting agreement for their children. Parenting agreements are finalized, written agreements that...

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Legal help for paternity actions

Many fathers in Missouri are unaware that they are not automatically granted parental rights after having a child. If you were unmarried when you became a father, it is important to establish paternity as soon as possible. At our law firm, our attorneys help fathers to establish and protect their parental rights. Once paternity is...

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The rise of virtual visitation child custody cases in America

A new child custody law may affect how parents from Missouri relate to their children. Also known as 'Internet visitation" or 'electronic visitation," virtual visitation is now becoming a common legal term in which a parent might request to keep in contact with their child through the use of modern technology. In many cases, a...

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How is child custody determined in Missouri?

Divorcing parents in Missouri might benefit from understanding more about the state laws that could affect child custody arrangements. The court's priority in determining child support is to make judgments that are in accordance with the best interest of the child. Some of the relevant factors that courts typically consider include the wishes of both...

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