St. Louis Child Custody Lawyer

Concerns for the children are generally the most important and potentially contentious issues that arise in family law cases. The Center for Family Law is committed to obtaining the best possible outcome for clients and their children. Our child custody lawyers and child support attorneys are dedicated advocates for family-centered solutions to help create a secure environment for children.

Child Custody in Missouri

With years of experience practicing in the area of family law, the attorneys at The Center for Family Law have the knowledge and skill to lead you through the child custody process.

Some of the most frequently asked questions:

  • How does a parent win child custody?
  • In Missouri, who pays child support if the parents are awarded joint custody?
  • Is a parent allowed to exercise visitation rights if child support hasn’t been paid?
  • Can a parent who is not competent have custody of a child?
  • What happens if a parent doesn’t follow the custody schedule?
  • Who gets custody if the parents aren’t married?

We believe that the job of a child custody lawyer is to help clients understand their options and give them the information and confidence they need to make well-informed decisions that will benefit their children. We will explain the concepts of legal custody, physical custody, 50-50 custody and joint custody. We provide information on parenting plans and their role in a marriage dissolution involving children as well as in paternity matters and motions to modify child custody.

Child Support in Missouri

Understanding how child support payments are calculated in Missouri is one of the many concerns of parents, whether they are involved in the marriage dissolution process, establishing paternity or seeking a modification of child support payments. Our lawyers can explain Missouri law governing child support payments.

Some of the most frequently asked child support questions:

  • How is child support calculated?
  • What is the average child support payment?
  • What is the age limit for child support?
  • May child support payments be claimed on taxes?
  • Does child support include high school tuition?
  • Do child support payments cover college tuition?

A variety of factors considered in the calculation of child support have been distilled into what is known as the Form 14 Child Support Amount Calculation Worksheet. The amount computed through the use of Form 14 yields what is known as a rebuttable presumption of the appropriate amount to be paid in the case. However, as the name implies, a judge may deviate from the amount if certain circumstances exist.

When awarding child custody or visitation, the court bases its decision on the best interests of the child. The statutory factors a judge must consider, according to Missouri law, include:

  • The wishes of the parents
  • The need of the child to have frequent interaction and a meaningful relationship with both parents
  • The child’s interactions with parents, siblings and others that may significantly affect the child’s best interests
  • Which parent is more likely to allow frequent and meaningful contact with the other parent
  • The child’s adjustment at home, school and in the community
  • The mental and physical health of the parties, including any history of abuse
  • The intention of a parent to relocate
  • The wishes of the child