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We put children's well-being first in child-custody disputes

Children are often caught in the middle when their parents decide to separate or end their marriage. Any Missouri resident who has dealt with child custody issues understands that the process is difficult. Few parents want to be separated from their children, but in many divorces child-custody disputes are inevitable given the clash between parents. In general, decisions and arrangements about custody and visitation rights can be made by both parents; if not, a court will decide for them.

Our law firm has helped many parents across Missouri reach satisfactory child-custody arrangements. When parents step inside our offices, we often ask them which arrangement they prefer. If they choose sole custody, this means one parent will oversee the daily care of the child. The custodial parent then can make every major decision about how the child is to be raised, including decisions about religious affiliation, schooling and health care. This arrangement is appropriate when one parent has a history of abuse or neglect or when one parent is not interested in taking care of the child.

Another option is joint custody; this allows both parents to take part in raising their child. Both parents can make decisions about their children's education, health care, religious training and extracurricular activities.

It is important that parents understand that their children's well-being should always come first in any child-custody dispute. No parent should seek sole custody of the person's children if the other parent wants to be involved in child rearing. Children usually find it easier to adjust to their new lives if both parents take turns raising them.

Parents who want to learn more about child custody and other divorce issues can check our website. They can get straight advice from our divorce attorneys, who are always ready to listen to parents' stories.

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