St. Louis and St. Charles Child Custody Lawyer
Helping St. Charles parents successfully resolve their child custody issues
For most parents, their relationship with their children is among the most important things in their lives. When a divorce or dispute with your child’s other parent threatens to jeopardize this relationship, it is important to make sure that you do everything possible to protect children. As a result, Missouri law recognizes that parents have rights to be involved in their children’s lives and will not infringe on these rights except in very limited circumstances. It is advisable for anyone who is facing a child custody dispute to discuss their case with an experienced St. Charles family law lawyer. Attorney Kenneth P. Carp can help you make sure that your relationship with your child is protected as well as helping with any other family law issues that you may be facing. To schedule a consultation with Mr. Carp, call our office today at (636) 947-3600.
Missouri child custody laws
Under Missouri law, there are two distinct types of custody: physical and legal. Physical custody refers to a parent having the right to have the child live with him or her. On the other hand, legal custody involves rights and responsibilities with respect to a child’s education, health and welfare. Both of these types of custody can be awarded as sole custody, in which one parent has exclusive rights, or joint, in which they share these rights. In addition, primary custody may awarded to one of the parents. In any Missouri child custody case, both parents must submit a proposed parenting plan that addresses issues dealing with custody and visitation, decision-making rights and responsibilities, dispute resolution, and expenses related to the child or children. When determining child custody, courts are required by law to consider the best interests of the child or children. In doing so, they consider all relevant factors, including:
- The wishes of the child’s parents as well as the proposed parenting plans submitted
- The needs of the child for a meaningful and continuing relationship with both parents and the parents ability to function as a mother and father
- The interaction and interrelationship between the child, parents, and any siblings
- Which parent is more likely to allow frequent, continuing, and meaningful relationship with the other parent
- The child’s adjustment to the child’s home, school and community
- The mental and physical health of the parties involved, as well as any history of abuse that may exist
- The intention of either parent to relocate the primary residence of the child
- The wishes of the child as to his or her custodian
Contact a St. Charles child custody attorney today for a free consultation
Courts have wide discretion when considering these factors and in making child custody determinations. As a result, it is essential that people involved in child custody disputes present their position in the best light possible. An experienced family law attorney will be able to effectively advocate for you position and present evidence on your behalf. Attorney Kenneth Carp is dedicated to helping people involved in child custody disputes bring their cases to successful resolution. To schedule a free consultation with Kenneth Carp, call our office today at (636) 947-3600.
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