Custody Agreements in MO 101

In the world of child custody cases, there can be many outcomes. Divorce can have such a traumatic effect on the children and the parents, really everyone involved. Knowledge is key in times like this because its best to know the truth about how child custody works in the state of Missouri so you are not led astray. Our child custody lawyers at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to give you the facts behind some of the myths about child custody in Missouri. If you need an experienced child custody lawyer in Missouri, contact Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter, and Welch at 573-36-7231 today for your free consultation.

Myth: The Custodial Parent Can Withhold Visitation Rights If The Other Parent Refuses To Pay Child Support.

Facts: Contrary to popular belief, child support, visitation rights, and custody are three separate issues. While they certainly interrelate, you cannot use one as a threat against another. If the non-custodial parent refuses (or neglects) to pay child support as ordered by the court, he/she can be held in contempt of court. However, he/she cannot be denied visitation rights directly by the custodial parent. If you are not receiving the child support payments that you should be, contact your Lake of the Ozarks family attorney to determine what your proper course of action should be.

Myth: The Children Get To Choose Where To Live.

Facts: The court is the one who chooses where the children will live. They will make this decision by weighing many different factors in order to determine which parent will be able to provide the best environment for the kid(s). The court may get input from the children and use it to make a decision, but only if the children are old enough to be able to clearly articulate reasons for wanting to live with one parent over the other.

Myth: Moms Get Preferential Treatment.

Facts: This is quite possibly the most widely believed myth about custody disputes - probably because it used to be true. Decades ago, the courts believed that mothers could provide better care to their children than the fathers could, and custody was assigned accordingly.

Today, however, this ruling has changed drastically. Stay-at-home dads are becoming increasingly common, and there is no evidence claiming that mothers are better parents than fathers. Missouri law specifically prohibits the court from giving a preference to either parent because of that parent's age, sex or financial status. Consequently, today's divorce courts objectively evaluate each unique situation to determine how to assign custody.

Child Custody Lawyers at the Lake of the Ozarks

Choosing the right child custody lawyer in Missouri is vital, this is your child's future we are talking about so you should have someone you can trust representing you. We are not afraid to stand up for the rights of our clients in the courtroom, but we believe that every option should be explored to find a solution for you. Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter, and Welch understands that the issues of each divorce are unique, our attorneys are able to plot a course based on the individual needs of the client. Call for your free consultation today.

Law Offices of Phillips, McElyea, Carpenter, & Welch, P.C.
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