Child Custody Law Firm Serving Lee’s Summit, MO and the Kansas City Metro

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 LLC.  Each child custody case varies in complexity and our child custody attorneys are qualified in in-state custody, interstate child custody, and other complex situations that arise.  The lawyers at our child custody law firm are skilled in child custody hearings and can help tailor your representation to your unique situation.

An Overview of Child Custody Law in Missouri and Kansas

Each county in Missouri and Kansas hears its own custody mediation and court cases and establishes child custody or child visitation arrangements. Both Missouri and Kansas require an established parenting plan that dictates how parents will work together in raising children after a separation. In Missouri, a parenting class may also be required after a dissolution of marriage or paternity action for parents who will have custody (joint or sole) of children and may be different in each county. In Kansas, the court determines if a parenting class is required. Our child custody attorneys can assist you in determining the correct course following a child custody arrangement if necessary.

Types of Child Custody in Missouri and Kansas

Custody refers to the 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 Missouri and Kansas courts 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.
  • 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.

Legal and physical custody can both be shared (joint custody) or awarded to only one parent (sole custody). However, legal and physical custody can differ in how responsibilities are shared.

Both Missouri and Kansas law prefer that both parents get frequent and meaningful contact with a child in a joint custody arrangement, while a sole custody arrangement may occur in situations that involve neglect, abuse or other parental issues. The custody arrangement most appropriate in your situation depends on the circumstances of your case. Our child custody 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 LLC, 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.

  1. 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.  Our child custody law firm can walk through your specific situation and help determine factors in the best interest of the child.
  2. Our child custody lawyers can help arrange and establish the custodial arrangement and parenting plan for your children.  Just like in 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 as it relates to impact on child custody.
  3. When any arrangement is in doubt, a lawyer will fight for you during contested custody battles and make sure that a court proceeding protects you and your childrens’ interests.
  4. Our child custody lawyers can assist with child support negotiations and help establish a fair rate of support.

FAQ for the Child Custody Process in Missouri and Kansas

Contact Our Attorneys for a Professional Child Custody Consultation

Our child custody attorneys located near you in Lee’s Summit, MO have assisted many clients with custody issues across the greater Kansas City metro including Cass County, Clay County, Jackson County, Johnson County, Lafayette County, Platte County, and other surrounding counties. Let our Missouri and Kansas child custody lawyers at Leonard Rodarte Siegel work for you. Call us at 816-836-9950 or contact us online to schedule a child custody consultation.

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