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Do you want a jury handling your child custody determination?

270124_S.jpgFor most families in Columbia who have to undergo the divorce process, minimizing the strife and contentiousness of the proceeding is an important goal. If you have children, unless one of the parents is found "unfit," you will have to maintain some type of relationship with your former spouse. You will likely have some form of joint custody arrangement, sharing legal and physical custody with your former spouse and that will be easier if you part on civil terms.

Bill mandating shared parenting awaits action by Missouri's Nixon

20637011_S.jpgThe Missouri legislature passed a bill that would make shared parenting the default presumption in all Missouri divorce cases involving children. The bill is now on Governor Nixon's desk. He has 45 days from when it was passed to either sign it or veto it.

So, what if you need to move with your child after a divorce?

46637389_S.jpgFor many couples, the child custody portion of their divorce settlement may be the most difficult aspect of the process. It is difficult because of the competing interests, the financial element of child support and the fact most parents want to be with their children as much as possible.

Is shared parenting right for you?

48303881_S.jpgChild custody decisions involve a lot of questions. The guidepost should be the best interests of the child, but many parents may wonder what that means in the context of their divorce. After all, they choose to get married and they probably thought it in their best interests and still, there they are, in a Missouri family court, asking a judge to dissolve their marriage.

Why you may want to cooperate with your former spouse

53496160_S.jpgTime is a precious commodity. As any parent knows, there are only so many hours in a day and so many days in a week. It can seem impossible to get everything that needs to be done within those confines. This is one reason why you and your children's other parent should work out a cooperative parenting plan for your child custody agreement.

Custody laws debated across the nation

30549586_S.jpgMissouri is still debating changes to the custody laws, with the potential for mandating "equal time" for fathers during a divorce. And Missouri is not alone. Legislatures in multiple states are considering changes to custody laws that make it easier for fathers to receive more time with their children.

But is it right for you?

39388336_S.jpgThere are bills pending in the legislature that would make shared custody a presumption in Missouri law. On its face, this seems an unremarkable suggestion. Some may even wonder and think, isn't that already the way the law is written?

Equal custody could become the presumption in Missouri

33033724_S.jpgThe Missouri legislature is considering a bill that would amend the current child custody laws of the state and create a presumption that parents should receive equal custody arrangements with their children after a divorce. This would typically be entailed with an every other week custody, rather than one parent having the children most of the time and the other parent often only seeing them for a few days on the weekends every month.

Protecting parental rights: You don't have to do it alone

7275482_S.jpgParents regularly wear many different hats. They can be teachers, confidantes, chefs, personal assistants, chauffeurs, managers and entertainers on any given day. Children rely on parents to fulfill these roles, but there are times when parents are the ones who must rely on someone else.

There are things worse than divorce

12283506_S.jpgThe potential effect of divorce on children causes many people here in Columbia to pause before they consider that legal solution. Various studies over the years have suggested some children of divorced parents may not do as well as those of non-divorced parents. This leads many to decry divorce as detrimental to children.

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