Child Visitaiton: Supervised & Unsupervised
Per Missouri statute, a parent not granted custody of a child is entitled to reasonable visitation rights unless the court finds that visitation would endanger the child’s physical health or impair his or her emotional development. The reason for this is that it the policy of Missouri that a child have frequent and meaningful contact with both parents consistent with the child’s best interests.
A parent who opposed a grant of visitation to the other parent has the legal burden of proving that visitation is contrary to the child’s best interests. In making this determination, the Court may consider a host of factors: the child’s best interests, home environment, stability, parenting skills, moral fitness, criminal history, etc.