Two proposals by the Family Law Section of the Missouri Bar failed to pass in 2008.

House Bill 1358 proposed to enact the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Enforcement Act. Missouri remains one of only four jurisdictions that has not adopted the Act. If adopted, the act would have changed the rules pertaining to initial child custody jurisdiction, continuing jurisdiction, modification jurisdiction, and emergency orders. Text of the bill can be read here.

House Bill 1360 would have made changes to Missouri's Interstate Family Support Act, which governs jurisdiction and enforcement for interstate child support orders. The proposed bill would have also established several direct interstate enforcement mechanisms for caretaker parents. Text of the bill can be read here.