Lee’s Summit Child Custody Attorney
Protecting Your Rights & Fighting for Your Best Interests
Determiningchild custody in Missouri can be difficult. Oftentimes, a parent realizes they must fight to maintain custody of their children. Attorney Worstell founded our Missouri family law firm in 2004 with the goal of helping families through these difficult legal situations.
Our child custody lawyers in Missouri, have been helping clients across Kansas and Missouri for years, and we are prepared to put our family law experience to work for you and your family. When you need help protecting the best interests of your children, call us.
Two Types of Missouri Child Custody Laws
There are two types of Missouri child custody laws: legal and physical. Both legal and physical custody can be broken down into either sole or joint custody. Sole custody is when one parent has complete control and joint custody is when the parents share decision making and parenting time.
Legal custody involves essential decision making about how the child will be raised and is not related to visiting schedules. Instead, legal custody is related to the child's well-being and can include everything from large-scale decisions to routine decisions.
Issues related to legal custody include:
- Religious decisions, such as which religion the child will be raised in
- Educational choices, such as what school the child will attend
- What doctors a child will see
- How important medical decisions will be made
- Where the child will receive childcare when not with one of the parents
Physical custody is related to where and how the child will spend their time. Many different parenting and visitation schedules can be established. While many parents elect to have 50/50 custody, other families find that alternating weekends and school holidays makes for a more beneficial plan. When determining a physical custody schedule, it is important to consider what is in the best interests of the child and what is reasonable and flexible enough to accommodate their needs.
Child Custody Lawyers in Missouri Committed To Your Success
At the Worstell Law Firm, our child custody lawyers in Missouri know how important it is that you spend meaningful time with your child. We also know how, after a divorce, your child needs your support more than ever. Our Lee's Summit child custody lawyers are committed to helping families reach custody settlements that are beneficial to their children, additionally when no settlement can be reached we are strong advocates for our clients to achieve optimal parental rights in Missouri and custody arrangements through trial.