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How is child custody determined in Missouri?

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In Missouri, child custody is determined based on the best interests of the child. Here are some key factors that courts consider when determining child custody arrangements:

  • Parent’s Wishes: The court considers the wishes of each parent regarding the child’s custody and visitation schedule.
  • Child’s Wishes: If the child is of a sufficient age and maturity level, the court may consider the child’s preference regarding custody and visitation, however a child’s wishes are not determinative of this issue.
  • Interaction and Relationships: The court evaluates the child’s existing relationships with each parent, siblings, and other significant individuals in the child’s life.
  • Adjustment to Home, School, and Community: The court considers the child’s adjustment to their current home, school, and community environments.
  • Mental and Physical Health: The mental and physical health of all individuals involved, including the parents and the child, is taken into account.
  • Intention to Relocate: If either parent intends to relocate, the court considers the potential impact on the child’s quality of life and relationship with the other parent.
  • Domestic Violence or Abuse: Any history of domestic violence, abuse, or other harmful behavior toward the child or the other parent is a significant factor.
  • Child’s Needs: The court evaluates the child’s specific needs, including educational, emotional, and developmental needs, and each parent’s ability to meet those needs.

The court may also consider other relevant factors on a case-by-case basis. The overarching goal is to establish a custody arrangement that serves the child’s best interests and promotes a stable, nurturing environment for their growth and development.

At Raza Family Law Solutions, we practice family law effectively guiding clients through prenuptial and post nuptial agreements, dissolution of marriage, modifications of prior judgments, and resolving child custody disputes. We also help families take a different approach to divorce with mediation and collaborative work.  Contact us for a consultation at (314) 408-5957.

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