Child Custody Archives

How can you stay focused on parenting during a divorce?

Parenting is challenging in its own right, but can quickly become more complicated if you and your spouse are seeking a divorce in Missouri. Now, you are faced with the challenge of raising your children in an environment where you may not have the support of your ex and are dealing with ridicule, manipulation and emotional turmoil. 

Limiting divorce stressors through joint custody

Missouri parents will unfortunately invite stress into their family life if they decide to get a divorce. However, this choice may be for the good of everyone in the long run. What matters is how the aftermath is handled, and what decisions are made during the divorce process.

How do sole legal and physical custody differ?

As a parent in Missouri who is going through the divorce process, you likely have many questions about custody matters. For example, what is the difference between sole and joint custody? Which is best for you? Today, we will look at sole custody, and the differences between legal and physical custody.

What if your child does not want to visit the other parent?

There are many issues that can regularly come up after your divorce, especially if you share custody with your children. It can be difficult for children to split their time between two homes. You and other Missouri residents may wonder how the legal system works if your children say they do not want to visit the other parent.

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. 

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