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Helping Fathers Protect Their Rights in Missouri

Father with custody of his daughterWe at The Roberts Law Firm, P.C. safeguard the rights of both mothers and fathers. If you are a parent in Missouri, there are a few things you should know. Both mothers and fathers have the right to seek joint legal custody, which provides equal decision-making authority on major issues such as medical treatment and educational choices. Additionally, there is no automatic assumption that the mother is the best caretaker for the child. When it comes to child support payments, the non-custodial parent (the parent who does not have the child in his/her physical custody the majority of the time) is responsible for making payments to the custodial parent.

If you are a father in need of legal assistance with a child support, child custody, paternity, or related matter, contact the Chesterfield fathers’ rights attorneys at The Roberts Law Firm, P.C. With 35 years of experience, we can help you work to protect your rights.

Call (636) 590-4864 or contact us online for a confidential consultation.

How Is Child Custody Determined in Missouri?

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
  • Intention of either parent to relocate the principal residence of the child
  • The wishes of a child as to the child’s custodian

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.

Let Our Firm Fight for You

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

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