People with children know that their own needs and desires come second to what is best for their children. This does not change when parents of children separate or divorce. Your children’s best interest are still a priority. Because of this, family law courts decide the issues of child custody and visitation based on what is in your children’s best interest.
There are a number of factors that family law judges consider when determining what is in your children’s best interest for custody and visitation. Seeking the advice of an attorney can help you understand these factors and craft a parenting plan that both protects your desires as a parent to have meaningful contact with your children and your children’s interests in having a relationship with both parents.
In Missouri, the legislature and courts have consistently stood behind the idea that is it is preferential for parents to have joint legal and physical custody of their children. This does not mean that the parents will necessarily have equal time with the children, as that may not be in the children’s best interest, but it does mean that both parents will play a large role in their children’s life concerning their upbringing, medical decisions, school decisions, and other important decisions, as well as shared parenting time. In certain circumstances, however, the Courts may determine that restricted access to visitation and removing decision making from one party is necessary to best protect your children.
If you have concerns about child custody or would like to discuss your options, Garner Law always offers a free consultation. The attorney with whom you will meet can help you understand child custody laws in Missouri and assist you in developing a strategy to best protect your and your children’s interests, whether it be negotiation strategies, mediation strategies or, where necessary, trial strategies. Regardless of your situation, Garner Law is here to help you through the process.
Contact us at 417-319-2290 to schedule your free initial consultation to meet with an attorney who will help you through the process. We also accept all major credit cards and offer payment plans to help ensure all of our clients have access to legal representation. We handle cases throughout the Springfield Metropolitan area and Southwest, Missouri.