Recent Case: Missouri parenting plans must have specific, written parenting time schedule and must address holidays.
Mother appeals from a judgment entered in the Circuit Court of Atchison County dissolving her marriage to Father. Mother challenges…
Recent Case: Parents’ inability to communicate, cooperate, and make shared decisions concerning their children’s welfare makes joint legal custody inappropriate.
This case involved a motion to change custody from Mother to Father. T…
Recent case: Termination of parental rights for failure to rectify
When children are taken into protective care by the children’s division, the goal is to reunite the children and the parent(s). However, parental rights can ultimately be terminat…
Case Law Update: Motion to Modify is not required to relocate, but 60 day notice must be given to the non-moving parent, who then may file an objection.
Under Missouri law the address designated as the minor child’s primary residence for educatio…
When parents of different faiths separate, how do courts decide whose religion the children will follow?
When parents of different faiths separate, they don’t always agree on whose religion the children will follow. With increasing numbers of i…
Learn the difference between legal custody, physical custody, sole custody, and joint custody.
Legal custody of a child means having the right and the obligation to make decisions about a child’s upbringing. A parent with legal cu…
Practical steps to help you create a workable parenting plan with your child’s other parent.
If you are divorcing and you have kids, the most important task ahead of you is to make an agreement with your spouse about custody and visitation. No…
Learn how child visitation laws affect grandparents’, stepparents’, and caretakers’ visitation rights.
Grandparents, stepparents, and other caretakers often form deep and loving attachments with the children in their lives. Yet when…
A lawsuit to determine the identity of the father of a child born outside of marriage, and to provide for the support of the child once the identity of the father has been determined.
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My daughter is almost seven months old. Her father will soon be 20, but he acts like he is 12. He’s used drugs and has a criminal record (for assaults). Since my daughter’s birth, he has only visited her once a month and given h…