At one time, courts in America ordered cookie-cutter, one-size-fits-all child custody plans that gave divorced fathers visitation every other weekend. Those times have passed. Now divorcing parents have greater control over the amount of time they spend with their children. For this reason, it is important to work with a St. Louis child custody lawyer who understands the importance of your relationship with your child.
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Missouri recognizes two types of legal custody:
Legal custody refers to who has the legal power to make decisions for the welfare of the child. In most cases, legal custody will be divided between both parents, allowing either parent to make decisions regarding medical treatment, education, financial matters, or general welfare of the child, but the courts have great flexibility in how they determine legal custody. A child custody lawyer can help parents determine the best way to handle ongoing decisions about the legal custody of the children.
In addition, courts in also recognize two types of physical custody:
Physical custody refers to which parent has possession of the child. In the old days, the mother was granted custody and the father received visitation every other weekend, but that is rapidly changing and the issues surrounding physical custody can be complex.
In recent times, Missouri courts no longer give primary physical and legal custody to the mother in divorce and child custody cases, but instead use numerous factors to help determine which custody arrangement would best meet the needs of the child.
We can assist with more complex child custody and visitation issues, including:
At Kallen Law Firm, LLC, our St. Louis divorce attorneys consult with expert witnesses like psychologists, psychiatrists, and child development experts to help our clients achieve their objectives in divorce or custody litigation. These experts are recognized as leaders in their field, and they can help our clients protect their interests and the interests of their children in an increasingly complex legal landscape.