How a child custody case will play out consistently revolves around what
the court determines to be in the best interests of the child, without
giving preference to either parent ahead of time. If you are considering
filing for custody of your child in Missouri, you need to familiarize
yourself with how the state handles such issues.
What exactly falls within the best interests of the child is anything to
do with maintaining the child’s physical and emotional well-being
and the desire to preserve a positive relationship with both parents.
Specific factors include:
- Fostering meaningful contact with each parent
- The wishes of the child, depending on their age
- Either parent’s wish to relocate with the child
- The current relationship of the child with either parent, siblings, and
- The mental and physical health of all parties involved
- Any history of abuse
- The child’s adjustment to home, school, and community
Before custody is determined, the court will also consider where the child
will live (physical custody), and whether responsibility for making significant
life decisions for the child should be shared or the prerogative of one
parent (legal custody).
You will need a reliable child custody attorney to ensure your parental
rights are respected during the hearing, especially if the other parent
has representation of their own.
For those in the middle of a custody battle, speaking with Pedano, O’Shea,
McGavic&Hogenmiller can keep you apprised of your rights. Call the
firm today to set up your free evaluation.