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Visitation in the age of social distancing

142579751_s.jpgMissouri parents may be feeling especially stressed lately. We are are living in unprecedented times, and families may feel like each day there are new restrictions and guidelines that can affect daily life. For parents that have a visitation order, spending time with a child may suddenly be a difficult decision. 

Child custody bill does not pass state senate

143477452_s.jpgMissouri parents may have heard that pending legislation may affect their families. A bill proposing changes to child custody laws within the state made headlines as lawmakers in support of the bill explained why in most cases, 50/50 custody should be the norm. Some parents may have postponed legal action to see if the law would pass. 

Is your parenting plan ready for COVID-19?

140016712_s.jpgMissouri parents may be feeling like the world turned upside-down overnight. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, most school districts have closed their doors to children for the next several weeks as Missouri joins other states in an attempt to prevent the further spread of the pandemic. Adults are being encouraged to work from home if possible, and all across the country, special rules are being put into place to close or limit hours of businesses deemed nonessential. With kids off school for the foreseeable future, many families may be wondering how the crisis will affect their parenting plan

Do you and your ex have a parenting plan?

39574737_s.jpgRaising children is a tall task, and can be even more so when parents maintain separate households. If parents are not on the same page or have trouble getting along, the outcome can be detrimental to a child. Even if parents do not see eye to eye or there is bad blood between them regarding personal matters, establishing a parenting plan can be a helpful way to ensure that a child's well-being is the priority of both parents. 

Visitation request: Should you consult a lawyer?

65024865_s.jpgIt can be difficult to make decisions about what is best for a child. Recently, Missouri grandparents reached out to a psychologist that answers questions in a local newspaper. The grandparents are in a situation faced by many parents and legal guardians, and their quandary suggests that when it comes to a request for visitation, it may be advisable to utilize the legal system. 

Should school district influence physical custody decisions?

44953714_s.jpgMany Missouri families include school-aged children. Sometimes, a family might have concerns about the school a child must attend because of where the primary residence is located. Many parents are asking the state to allow more flexible choices pertaining to where a child can attend school, but so far, little legal action had been taken. When a parent is preparing to go to court to get a decision about physical custody, school choice may be a factor. 

Leaving the state does not change child custody orders

105868790_s.jpgEvery Missouri parent can probably recall an occasion on which he or she was at odds with the other parent over an issue regarding a child. When it comes to children, it can be hard for both parents to agree on what is best. In cases where parents maintain separate households, they often are bound by the terms of a child custody order

Is your parenting plan ready for the holidays?

84074762_S.jpgGet ready to deck those halls, Missouri, the holidays have arrived. This time of year can be extra busy, and even when lots of fun is on the calendar, tension between divorced parents may have kids stuck in the middle feeling a bit grinchy. It is natural for parents that split custody to worry that a child may miss out on holiday fun if they are with the other parent, but experts advise that feuding families without a set parenting plan can make a child go from "ho ho ho" to "ho hum."

Is your parenting plan ready for the holidays?

22755571_S.jpgMissouri families are looking forward to the holiday season, which is fast approaching. While many look forward to time-tested recipes, activities and customs, sometimes the modern family is anything but traditional. When it comes to child custody, families may want to make sure that their parenting plan is focused on the children. 

Modification of child custody must be handled by court

22273230_S.jpgMissouri parents have overcome the stress of "back to school" and now set the sights on the upcoming holidays. Traditionally, late autumn and early winter are times for celebration, often welcomed by family gatherings, special dinners and decorations. Especially for households with children, the coming months will be a time filled with joy and wonder. Though it may be tempting for a parent to want to spend every moment with his or her children, parents can find themselves in big trouble if they attempt a modification of child custody outside the legal proceedings necessary to do so. 

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