Married couples in Missouri don't typically envision themselves standing in courtrooms fighting over how much time they will spend with their children. However, this is exactly where many parents wind up when divorce leads to disagreements about such matters. Parents know what's best for their children, yet divorced parents may have different opinions where child custody is concerned.
Every state has its own guidelines regarding child custody, and the court has the final say either to approve a plan designed by the parents themselves or to make a decision for parents if an amicable agreement can't be reached. This is not to say the court will not take into account a parent's concerns and opinions as to what may be in a child's best interests. One of the things an experienced family law attorney can do for a parent is make sure his or her requests are clearly made known to the court.
Typically, the court believes most children adapt best after divorce if they are given plenty of time with both parents. There are sometimes extenuating circumstances, however, that might prompt the court to determine that this would be a detriment, in which case an alternate plan would be devised. If a court order already exists and a parent is facing challenges regarding the other parent's refusal to adhere to the order, an attorney can immediate bring the matter to the court's attention.
At Stange Law Firm, PC, we understand that every Missouri judge is different, and various factors may affect a single ruling. We are committed to acting on your behalf to obtain an agreeable outcome in your current child custody situation. If we are able to help you resolve your problems out of court, we will do so, but are also prepared to aggressively litigate any matter as needed.