If you are thinking about adopting a baby in Missouri, you have a number of options. You can go through an adoption agency, but there is often a long waiting list for infants. Another option is independent adoption, in which you work directly with the birth mom. While this can be a good way to go, it is important to know the benefits and risks before deciding to go that route.
When you have a child support arrangement in place in Missouri, a time may come when the party either paying or receiving support has reason to request a child support modification to change the amount paid or received. If the party paying the support objects to the requested change, the next step may involve having both of you attend a child support modification hearing. At Kelly, Symonds & Reed, LLC, we have helped many clients both requesting and contesting child support modifications, and our broad knowledge of the system and process have helped many people facing similar circumstances pursue solutions that fit their needs.
The thought of getting divorced at any time of year is generally one of the last things people in Missouri want to rush through. The thought of hurrying to get divorced amidst the Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year's season would be even less palatable to people under normal circumstances. This year, however, circumstances are anything but normal as a major change to the tax code set to take effect in 2019 will have major implications on divorce settlements nationwide.
Choosing a person to be a possible guardian for your children in Missouri is a difficult enough task since you have to contemplate who can care for your kids if you should pass away before they reach adulthood. However, picking a guardian could ruffle some feathers among your family or your spouse’s family. Here are some ways you can promote harmony among your family as you choose your guardian.
Filing for divorce is not an easy decision, especially when there are children involved. Everyone wants to make choices that are in the best interest of the children. In some situations, it can be difficult to determine whether kids would benefit more from a sole-custody or joint-custody living arrangement. Many kids in Missouri and across the U.S. are made to live primarily with one parent, while the non-custodial parent has visitation rights. Studies show, however, that kids who grow up in joint-custody living arrangements, where they spend a significant amount of time with both parents, may benefit the most.
The word "paternity" is often only used in a negative context. Most associate it with action meant to prove that one in Lee's Summit who is claiming to not be a child's father actually is. Yet there may also be cases where men wanting to be recognized as a child's father would want to have their paternity established. Fortunately, the state has created guidelines to help assign paternity in either case.
That protection of children is a good idea is something most Missouri adults would likely agree on, but according to the state's Department of Social Services, not everyone is acting on this belief.
The Missouri legal system is organized in such a way that individuals have a good deal of agency when it comes to protecting their own safety. An example of this is the availability of ex parte orders of protection.
If you live in Missouri and have a child who does not live with you, visits present a great opportunity for you to spend some quality time with your son or daughter and have a positive impact on his or her life. At Kelly, Symonds & Reed, LLC, we have considerable experience helping clients pursue visitation with their children, and we understand the steps you can take to ensure a smooth visit with your noncustodial child.