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October 2015 Archives

Seeking a child custody agreement that is best for the children

Divorce impacts children, even when parents are committed to finding an amicable resolution to custody and support disputes. One way that Missouri parents can minimize the impact that the ends of their marriages will have on their children is to commit to co-parenting. Co-parenting, while not the ideal child custody arrangement for every family, has been found to greatly benefit children and minimize the negative impact of a divorce.

Child custody disputes and the emotional needs of the children

A divorce is often hardest for the children, who sometimes carry the scars of a contentious divorce for the rest of their lives. Missouri parents who have decided to go their separate ways always want to protect their children as much as possible throughout the process, but they are often unsure of how to do so. In order to help parents make practical and beneficial decisions regarding child custody, the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) has released a guideline that can be used as a resource for divorcing parents.

Fathers may assert their rights by establishing paternity

When a child is born to unmarried parents, it is not uncommon for fathers to have a difficult time asserting their rights as a biological parent. When unmarried parents have disputes regarding support and visitation, it may become necessary to establish paternity in order to obtain rightful parenting time. If fathers' rights are on the line, it is wise to seek the assistance of a lawyer who is experienced in complex family law matters.

The benefits of hiring an attorney for a child custody dispute

Missouri parents know that child custody is often one of the most emotional and contentious aspects of a divorce. Even amicable couples often find themselves facing an impasse when it comes to agreeing on the terms of practical and beneficial child custody resolutions. For this reason, it is generally in the best interests of the parents to have the assistance of lawyers who are experienced in complex family law matters. 

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