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What is Time Sharing in Missouri?

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Time Sharing in Missouri typically refers to the concept of child custody and visitation arrangements in cases of divorce or separation where children are involved. In Missouri, the term “time sharing” is not explicitly used in family law statutes; rather, the state uses terms like “custody” and “visitation.”

Here’s a brief overview of child custody and visitation laws in Missouri:

  • Legal Custody: Legal custody refers to the right of a parent to make decisions about the child’s upbringing, including decisions about education, healthcare, and religious upbringing. Missouri courts may grant joint legal custody where both parents share in these decision-making responsibilities.
  • Physical Custody: Physical custody refers to where the child primarily resides. Missouri courts may grant joint physical custody where the child spends substantial time with both parents, or they may award sole physical custody to one parent with visitation rights granted to the other parent.
  • Visitation (Parenting Time): In cases where one parent is awarded primary physical custody, the non-custodial parent is typically granted visitation rights. Visitation schedules can vary widely depending on the circumstances of the case and the best interests of the child. The visitation schedule may be determined by the court or agreed upon by the parents.
  • Best Interests of the Child: Missouri family courts make decisions regarding custody and visitation based on the best interests of the child. Factors considered include the child’s relationship with each parent, the child’s adjustment to their home, school, and community, the mental and physical health of all individuals involved, and any history of domestic violence or substance abuse.

It’s essential to consult with a family law attorney in Missouri for specific guidance on custody and visitation matters, as laws and procedures can vary depending on the circumstances of each case.

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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