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Missouri Court Awards Sol…

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
Missouri Courts Cannot Us…

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
What Happens When One Par…

What Happens When One Parent in a Missouri Child Custody Dispute Intentionally Interferes with the Other Parent’s Visitation Rights?

In any Missouri divorce involving children, or any other dispute over child custody or visitation, decisions by the courts of this state must be in the “best interest of the children.” This is an intentionally ambiguous term. Every case is unique… Read More

Custody alternating year to year approved

Recent case:  Uncommon alternating year parenting schedule approved for military family Mother appeals the judgment of the circuit court granting the motion of Father, which modified the schedule of physical custody (parenting time) and which modifi… Read More

Child Support Overnight Credit Denied if Recipient's Income is Below Threshhold

Recent Case-Missouri Court of Appeals:  Father appeals denial of overnight credit in child support case. In a judicial action for child support where the non-custodial parent has overnight parenting time with the child(ren), he or she is entitled to… Read More

Increase in Income Ends Maintenance but Strict Compliance With Statute Required

Recent Case from the Missouri Court of Appeals Wife appeals the modification court’s judgment granting, in part, Husband’s motion to modify his maintenance obligation. The purpose of maintenance is to meet the reasonable expenses of a depende… Read More

Spousal Maintenance (f/k/a alimony) reduced based on medical disability

Recent Missouri case:  On a motion to modify (reduce) maintenance, evidence of a substantial and continuing change included “detailed evidence” of Movant Husband’s stroke-induced disability and reduced income, and no evidence of an increase in… Read More

Modification of Another State’s Custody Order Depends on The Other State Releasing Jurisdiction

Recent Case from the Court of Appeals:  States have continuing, exclusive jurisdiction over their custody judgments until released by the rendering state. The Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act conditions authority of any State t… Read More

Grandparent Visitation must be done as a motion to modify if a divorce decree exists; visitation denied due to best interests of the child

Recent Case from the Missouri Court of Appeals: Father appeals from a judgment denying his motion to modify child support. Grandparents appeal from the same judgment which also denied their petition seeking grandparent visitation. The Grandmother did… Read More

Failure to include holiday or vacation schedule in parenting plan is trial court error; Voluntary reduction in Income does not support reduction in child support

Recent Case from the Missouri Court of Appeals:  Parenting plans must contain holiday and vacation schedules; voluntary reduction in income does not support child support reduction Mother appeals the trial court’s judgment of modification for a fa… Read More

Mark A. Wortman

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Kansas City family law attorney Mark A. Wortman handles only divorce and family law matters, and practices only in the State of Missouri. Due to this specialty, Mark has handled thousands of Missouri divorce and family cases and has practiced extensi… Read More