Missouri couples who have children and are considering divorce will want to obtain information regarding laws that govern such matters. One new piece of legislation, in particular, focuses on the importance of spending time with both parents when it comes to what is best for children whose parents divorce. The new visitation and custody law is set to take effect in late August 2016.
The state representative who sponsored the bill that has now been signed into law stressed the value of shared parenting when it comes to a child's overall well-being and sense of security after divorce. Historically, fathers have had more difficult times gaining visitation rights and custody of children when marriages are no longer intact. The courts have typically ruled in favor of mothers in such situations.