Understanding The Law On Child Custody And Visitation In Missouri

When parents divorce or when a child is born outside of marriage, many parents worry that they will not have the contact they need with the child they love. This uncertainty can be stressful and challenging.

Many parents worry that the law favors mothers over fathers. They should know that Missouri law does not favor one parent over the other based on gender. Instead, the law looks at the best interests of the child. It takes several factors into account, including:

  • The wishes of the child’s parents as proposed in a parenting plan
  • The child’s adjustment to home, school and community
  • The needs of the child for a frequent, continuing and meaningful relationship with both parents
  • The willingness of one parent to allow contact with the other
  • The interrelationship of the child, his or her siblings, parents, care providers and others who have an effect on the best interests of the child

You should talk to an attorney about ways in which you can maintain your relationship with your child. Our attorneys can help you create a plan that allows both parents meaningful parenting time with the child, while at the same time giving the child a sense of stability and structure.

We also handle contested guardianships on behalf of family members seeking guardianship or for a parent opposing a guardianship. We encourage you to talk with us about your guardianship situation.

Contact Us Regarding Child Custody

Contact Ritchie, Soper & Schutt, LLC, at our St. Joseph location by calling 816-387-8200; our Liberty location by calling 816-792-5100; our Columbia location by calling 573-442-6633; or call us toll free at 888-345-4LAW (4529). You may also complete our online contact form to schedule a confidential consultation with an attorney.