Child Custody Archives

What are issues unmarried same sex couples face with custody?

As the state of Missouri moves to comply with the law about same-sex marriages, there are still challenges for same-sex couples in areas of family law. One such issue involves child custody. When a same-sex couple gets divorced or splits up, it can create problems when it comes to the legal side of the custody of the children involved in the relationship.

How to avoid messy child custody battles

If you are separating from your partner in Missouri, you might believe that a messy custody battle is inevitable. However, deciding custodial rights and privileges need not be a battle or messy. For the best interest of the children, it should be a partnership. At Kelly, Symonds & Reed, LLC., we understand that this can only happen if both parents come to this agreement, together.

A past error should not prevent a bright future

At Kelly, Symonds & Reed, LLC, we believe that our clients deserve a chance to form healthy, happy families through positive involvement with their children. However, some people with sex offenses on their records might need to carefully navigate complex issues in Missouri child custody law to have a chance at this ideal future.

How children can benefit from joint-custody arrangements

For many divorced Missouri parents, hearing the term “joint-custody arrangement” can conjure up feelings of sadness, loneliness and depression. When you are in the habit of having your children sleep in the same home as you every night and this suddenly changes, it can prove to be quite an adjustment. At Kelly, Symonds & Reed, LLC, we recognize that it may help you to know that joint-custody arrangements can actually prove highly advantageous for children of divorce, and we have helped many divorcing Missourians navigate custody and related issues.

Study: Joint-parenting may be best for kids

Going through a divorce can be an emotional process, especially when there are kids involved. Children may go from living with the emotional and financial support of both parents, to residing in a single-parent household. Furthermore, they may get limited to no time with their other parent. A study published in the Journal of Family Psychology found that children who are raised in joint-custody situations may experience benefits when compared to children who reside in sole-custody arrangements.

Relocating with your kids

Your main goal following your divorce in Lee's Summit is likely to move on to the next chapter of your life. Of course, that can often be difficult when surrounded by reminders of your prior one. For this reason, many in your same position come to us here at Kelly, Symonds & Reed LLC wanting to know what obstacles they may encounter if they choose to move away with their children. If you have been contemplating a relocation, then you will want to know what processes need to be followed in order to avoid the potential troubles that can come from an unauthorized move. 

What types of matters can you address in a parenting plan?

Navigating your way through a Missouri divorce takes strength and patience, and rarely does the process prove easy. While learning to live without someone who used to sleep by your side involves some readjusting of your life and priorities, so, too, does learning to live with your children in your own home only part of the time. It is virtually inevitable that you and your former spouse will butt heads from time to time when it comes to co-parenting your shared children. However, you may be able to set guidelines that help you both adjust to your new living arrangements by creating what is known as a parenting plan.

How can you establish paternity in Missouri?

If you are an unmarried Missouri parent and you believe you either fathered a child, or that a certain man fathered your child, you may have reason to want to determine paternity. Maybe you believe you are a father, but the mother of the child in question disputes your claim, or maybe you know a certain man fathered your child and you want him to pay child support, but he refuses. Regardless of your reasoning for wanting to determine paternity, the process involved in doing so remains similar.

How to manage spring break parenting time disputes

Spring break is just around the corner. And if you are planning a getaway with the kids, your checklist should be sharp and thorough. Indeed, hotel or Airbnb reservations should be made, packing should coincide with the weather forecast, and you should make sure that there are no delays or other issues that would lead to your vacation being derailed.

Can I get child custody in Missouri if I serve in the military?

If you’re going through a divorce, you’re probably already in a stressful situation. If you and your ex have children together, the question of child custody adds an additional element of concern. If you serve in the military on top of that, you may be anxious that your likelihood of deployment or reassignment to another state could put you at risk of losing custody of your kids.

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