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Can I Travel Internationally With My Child Under a Missouri Custody Order?

Parents often travel with children for a variety of purposes, such as visiting family or going on vacation. It is easy to take the ability to travel with one’s own children for granted, but when a child is subject to a Missouri child custody order,… Read More
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What to Ask a Potential Child Custody Lawyer In Missouri

Child custody disputes are among the most difficult experiences many people will face. A conflict may occur as part of a divorce in which the divorcing parties have minor children, or it could arise between parents who never married. A parent may ask… Read More
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Bills in Missouri Legislature Push for Change in Child Custody Laws

Two bills pending in the Missouri Legislature would make changes in child custody laws to expand the rights of both parents in custody disputes. Bills in both houses of the state legislature would modify the factors courts should consider when decidi… Read More
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Change of Custody Affirmed

In a recent Missouri divorce case involving a minor child, The Missouri Court of Appeals held that a court cannot grant a final divorce until it has addressed the custody of the child. All orders affecting a minor child must be in the child’s “be… Read More
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Relocation After Divorce With Children: Child’s Best Interest

When the parents of a minor child get divorced in Missouri, their relationship as co-parents continues even after their marriage ends. Missouri law presumes that maintaining a close relationship with both parents is best for a child. Co-parenting pla… Read More
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Relocating Children After a Missouri Divorce

When a court in Missouri grants a divorce involving a minor child or children, it must determine that all of the provisions of the divorce affecting the children are in the children’s best interests. This often includes a custody order giving both… Read More
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Enforcement of Custody Orders by Contempt in Missouri

Missouri divorces that involve one or more minor children require many plans and decisions. Courts cannot grant a divorce until they are satisfied that there are provisions in place for custody of the children and visitation with both parents. What h… Read More
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Child Visitation and Parenting Plans in Missouri During the Coronavirus

The coronavirus pandemic has changed almost everything about life in Missouri over the past few months. While businesses and the government are gradually reopening, people must still be careful. This includes both avoiding exposure from other people… Read More
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Missouri Court Awards Sole Custody to Man Who Believed He Was the Child's Father and Fulfilled that Role

A parent-child relationship, defined at the most basic level, is the relationship between a person and one of the people who contributed directly to their birth. There is far more to parenting than biology, though, and Missouri family law recognizes… Read More
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Missouri Courts Cannot Use Child Custody as a Reward or Punishment for Parents

Even when parents in a Missouri divorce are able to agree on a custody plan, a family court judge must confirm that it is in “the best interests of the child” and meets all other requirements of state law. Once a judge signs a custody decree, sta… Read More