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What Do I Do If I Suspect or Have Proof My Ex is Putting My Child at Risk in Missouri?

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Here is some general guidance that may help you if you suspect or have proof that your child is being put at risk by your ex-partner in Missouri. It’s important to consult with a legal professional for advice tailored to your specific situation. Here are some general steps you may consider:

  • Document Everything:
    • Keep a detailed record of any incidents or behaviors that you believe are putting your child at risk. This includes dates, times, locations, and descriptions of the events.
    • Save any relevant communications, such as text messages, emails, or social media interactions, that may serve as evidence.
  • Consult with an Attorney:
    • Seek legal advice from a family law attorney in Missouri. They can provide guidance on your rights and the best course of action based on your specific circumstances.
  • Consider Mediation:
    • In some cases, mediation can help parents work through disagreements and find solutions without going to court. However, this may not be suitable if there are serious concerns about the child’s safety.
  • Request a Modification of Custody:
    • If you believe your child is in immediate danger, you may need to file a motion to modify the existing custody arrangement. This typically involves demonstrating a significant change in circumstances that affects the child’s well-being.
  • Contact Child Protective Services (CPS):
    • If you have evidence of child abuse or neglect, you may want to contact the Missouri Department of Social Services, Children’s Division, or the local Child Protective Services agency. They can investigate and take appropriate action if necessary.
  • Obtain a Restraining Order:
    • If there is an immediate threat to your child’s safety, you may consider seeking a restraining order against your ex-partner. Consult with your attorney to understand the process and requirements.
  • Attend Court Hearings:
    • If the situation escalates to legal proceedings, attend all court hearings and present your case with the evidence you’ve gathered.
  • Follow Court Orders:
    • Adhere to any court orders related to custody and visitation. Failure to comply with court orders can negatively impact your case.

Remember, legal proceedings can be complex and emotionally challenging. It’s crucial to consult with a family law attorney who can provide advice tailored to your situation and guide you through the legal process. Additionally, laws and procedures may vary, so be sure to seek advice specific to Missouri family law.

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) 314-5505.

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