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We at The Roberts Law Firm, P.C. safeguard the rights of both Mothers and Fathers. The following are some of the factors and issues relating to the rights of a Mother in the State of Missouri.

  • Higher earnings by Father does not automatically equate to greater physical custody rights to the child.
  • Courts offer the ability to determine the paternity of the child and may order child support and a determination of custody rights.
  • If a father has abandoned the child, the Courts may terminate his rights to have custody and visitation of the child.
  • Mother’s may be able to change custody based on the mental health and stability of the father depending on how it affects the child’s growth.

Legal factors governing custody in Missouri are as follows:

    • The best interest of the child;
    • The wishes of the child’s parents as to custody and the proposed parenting plan submitted by both parties;
    • The needs of the child for a frequent, continuing and meaningful relationship with both parents and the ability and willingness of parents to actively perform their functions as mother and father for the needs of the child;
    • The interaction and interrelationship of the child with parents, siblings, and any other person who may significantly affect the child’s best interests;
    • Which parent is more likely to allow the child frequent, continuing and meaningful contact with the other parent;
    • The child’s adjustment to the child’s home, school, and community;
    • The mental and physical health of all individuals involved, including any history of abuse of any individuals involved. If the court finds that a pattern of domestic violence has occurred, and, if the court also finds that awarding custody to the abusive parent is in the best interest of the child, then the court shall enter written findings of fact and conclusions of law. Custody and visitation rights shall be ordered in a manner that best protects the child and any other child or children for whom the parent has custodial or visitation rights, and the parent or other family or household member who is the victim of domestic violence from any further harm;
    • The intention of either parent to relocate the principal residence of the child; and
    • The wishes of a child as to the child’s custodian.

These statutory factors set out above may be found at Revised Statutes of Missouri 452.375. The Roberts Law Firm, P.C. is available to help advise you concerning your rights in court. Call or email us today if you are in need of legal services or if one of the attorney’s in the office can be of any assistance to you.

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The choice of a lawyer is an important decision and should not be based solely on advertisements.
The information you obtain at this site is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. You should consult an attorney for advice regarding your individual situation. We invite you to contact us and welcome your calls, letters and electronic mail. Contacting us does not create an attorney-client relationship. Please do not send any confidential information to us until such time as an attorney-client relationship has been established.