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Parenting Plan: Missouri Child Custody and Support

Parenting Plans are required in Missouri in cases of divorce, legal separation, etc. The Parenting Plan is, as you might expect, comprehensive. Courts will enter a weekly physical custody schedule, which even includes details regarding custody arrangements during holidays. Education choices, health care decisions, and extra-curricular decisions also need to be addresses. Are these decisions…

Paternity

A pre-requisite to an order of child support or child custody is that a parent-child relationship exists. Under Missouri Statute 210.819, a parent child-relationship is established in one of three ways. One of the more common ways it is established is through paternity proceedings. Missouri Statutes set up a scheme whereby there is either a…

Child Custody

Physical custody refers to which spouse is physically with a child (who has “possession”). Legal custody refers to which spouse has the decision-making authority over the children (e.g., what school they attend, health insurance, extracurricular activities, etc.) In a dissolution of marriage proceeding involving children, it is not easy for one parent to attain sole…

Child Support

Under Missouri divorce law, courts have the power to order either or both parents owing a duty of support to a child of the marriage to pay an amount reasonable or necessary for the support of the child. (RSMo 452.340.1). It is now a very rare circumstance where a parent is not required to bear…

Guardian Ad Litems

A Guardian Ad Litem (“GAL”) is appointed in the court’s discretion to represent a child’s interests in divorce cases, custody/child support modifications, paternity actions, adoptions and other cases implicating the possible abuse/neglect of a child. The basic idea of the GAL is that a child (usually just those under 18) may be unable to vocalize…

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