Child Custody Law Firm in Lee’s Summit, MO
Content Reviewed by Kristin Siegel, JD | Attorney at Law
Divorce and paternity actions are complicated processes with many steps to review and negotiate during an emotionally charged time. For many, the most complicated and emotional portion of either is determining the child custody arrangement that each spouse will follow proceeding a divorce or paternity suit. In all child custody matters, the best interests of the child are the highest priority for Leonard Rodarte Siegel. While many other firms in Lees Summit do not specialize in divorce, paternity actions and child custody, our attorneys practice in multiple family law areas. Our lawyers are skilled in child custody hearings and can help tailor your representation to your unique situation.
Child Custody Law Missouri
Each county in Missouri hears its own custody mediation and court cases. This means that each individual county in Missouri has its own Circuit Court that ultimately establishes child custody arrangements. In Missouri there are multiple requirements in order to establish child custody after a dissolution of marriage or paternity action. One step required is an established parenting plan that dictates how parents will work together in raising children after a separation. In each Missouri County, a parenting class is also required after a dissolution of marriage or paternity action for parents who will have custody (joint or sole) of children. The class may be different in each county and a child custody attorney at Leonard Rodarte Siegel can point you to the correct course following a child custody arrangement.
Types of Child Custody in Lees Summit
Custody refers to the legal rights and responsibilities of parents to their children. The primary consideration in all custody cases is the best interest of the child. In any case involving custody, the court must make two types of orders: legal custody and physical custody. Legal custody refers to a parent’s right to make important decisions regarding the child’s health, education and general welfare. In Lees Summit it is the goal for both parents to have meaningful participation in a child’s life (joint legal custody.) Physical custody concerns the general arrangement for the amount of time each parent spends with the child. A key consideration in physical custody matters is a schedule of parenting time or visitation. Both legal and physical custody can be shared (joint custody) or awarded to only one parent (sole custody). Law requires that both parents get frequent and meaningful contact with a child in a joint custody arrangement, while a sole custody arrangement may have issues of neglect, abuse or other parental issues. The custody arrangement most appropriate in your situation depends on the circumstances of your case. Our attorneys can provide you with sound guidance when establishing a custody arrangement that is in the best interest of your child.
How Can A Lawyer Help With Child Custody Disputes?
At Leonard Rodarte Siegel, our child custody attorneys have navigated clients through many contested and non-contested custody of children cases. If there are any disputes between former or soon to be former spouses, a lawyer who specializes in child custody can be extremely helpful to have on your side. In any child custody arrangement the best interests of the children are top of mind, but a lawyer can assist and help you understand the child custody rights you have as a parent. When any arrangement is in doubt, a lawyer will fight for you during contested custody battles and make sure that a proceeding is fair. As long as both parents are fully capable and willing, equal presence in a child’s life is important and just. In addition to helping with custody battles, a lawyer can help arrange and establish the custodial arrangement and parenting plan for your children. Just like a dissolution of marriage, paperwork and court representation are critical steps in child custody agreements. A non-specialized lawyer or self-representation can be a critical misstep in your divorce with children. Last, a child custody lawyer can assist with child support negotiations and help establish a fair rate of support.
Contact Us Today For A Professional Child Custody Consultation
Our child custody attorneys have assisted many clients with custody issues in Lees Summit Missouri including Cass County, Clay County, Jackson County, Johnson County, Lafayette County, Platte County, and Other Surrounding Counties. Each child custody case varies in complexity and our child custody attorneys are experts in in-state custody, interstate child custody and other complex situations that arise. Let our Lees Summit Missouri Custody Lawyers at Leonard Rodarte Siegel work for you. Contact us at 816-836-9950 or contact us online.