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April 2015 Archives

Visitation issues: resolving disputes between spouses

The decisions that are made during a divorce will impact a family for years, even decades, to come. Children are emotionally affected by their parents' divorce, even if the two parties are amicable and willing to work together to resolve custody and visitation issues. Since the best interests of the children are most important, parents may find it beneficial to work with a lawyer who understands the sensitive nature of custody arrangements.

Do grandparents have legal rights to custody in Missouri?

After parents divorce, it can change the dynamic of the entire family, affecting grandparents and other family members. In particularly complex situations, grandparents could be denied visitation with their grandchildren, even if there is no reason for preventing contact. When complicated family situations arise, it is useful to understand the legal rights of grandparents in Missouri.

Understanding types of child custody in Missouri

Child custody is actually more complex than simply determining where a child will live after a divorce. Missouri parents can be awarded different types of custody, and it is important to understand the differences when navigating divorce negotiations. A parent can be awarded sole physical or legal custody, joint legal custody, joint physical custody, or a third party could be granted child custody

Weighing parental rights against the emotional needs of children

Missouri parents know that divorce often has negative emotional impacts on children. In the midst of fighting for deserved parental rights, it is easy lose view of the emotional needs of the children. Fortunately, when parents commit to working together on a custody agreement, it is possible to protect the interests of the children and avoid litigation. 

How life events may impact visitation issues after divorce

There are many factors that may contribute to a divorce, but significant or traumatic life events may increase the chance that a marriage will end. Studies have shown that when a couple undergoes a certain amount of upheaval, stress or change, it can significantly alter the dynamic of a relationship, eventually leading to a divorce. How these issues affect a Missouri couple will have an impact on visitation issues, even after a divorce is final. 

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