St. Louis Child Custody
Child custody battles can be draining on both your life and your child’s lives. Making sure this process moves along as smoothly as possible in court is of the utmost importance. The Carson Law Firm is well versed in the intricacies of St. Louis child custody laws and can help you navigate this process. Please contact us so that we may learn more about your situation and make sure you are represented in the best way possible.
Important Information about St. Louis Child Custody Laws and Divorce
State laws determine how divorcing couples in St. Louis will share custody of their children. Typically, if you and your partner cannot come up with an agreed upon plan on your own, a judge may decide how custody will be granted. Some important factors a judge will consider are:
- Parent’s Wishes
- The Need for Children to have a relationship with Each Parent (and the Parent’s Willingness)
- The Child’s Best Interest
- Home, School, and Community Environment
- Mental and Physical Health for All Involved
- Intentions of Parent’s to Relocate
- Possibility of Home Schooling
- The Child’s Wishes
St. Louis Child Custody Courts
Each county in Missouri has its own circuit court to hear child custody cases.
St. Louis city and St. Louis County have two different circuit courts. You can visit their websites here:
Custody Types under St. Louis Child Custody Laws
There are several types of custody that may be awarded in St. Louis.
Join Custody – The court awards both parents custody.
Sole Custody – Only one parent receives custody.
After that, there are two types of custody that may be awarded.
Legal Custody – The parent has the right to make decisions regarding how the child is raised. Important items that fall under this category typically include health and education. Typically, joint legal custody is awarded so both parents will have a say in the child’s upbringing.
Physical Custody – This type of custody decides which parent the child will live with. Sometimes one parent is awarded. Other times both parents are awarded. If the situation dictates that one parent will have custody, that parent is known as the custodial parent and the other is referred to as the non-custodial parent.
Please contact us so that we may learn more about your situation and make sure you are represented in the best way possible.