The Tribunal will not rule on custody issues: WomensLaw.org does not contain information on custody of children in Missouri, except for the brief information below regarding the application for custody or return of a child conceived by rape. For more information on Missouri Guarding, we`ve included links to other websites that we hope you`ll find useful. (WomensLaw.org has no relationship with these organizations and does not support their services. We provide these links only to your information.) In addition, in Missouri, we have named a Guardian ad Litem in all trials where custody, visitation or support of a child is contested by the parties. If allegations of child abuse or neglect are alleged, the court must appoint a Guardian ad Litem. A Guardian ad Litem is a lawyer named legal representative of the child. Missouri`s child custody laws require the court to determine what is in the best interests of the children. Custody of a child has two elements to decide by the court. The court must decide which parent will have the decision-making rights, responsibilities and powers regarding the child`s health, education and well-being, or how the two parents will share. This is called legal custody. Temporary delay, request to dismiss the application, effect of In addition to a temporary custody regime, a Missouri Family Court judge may issue a temporary financial assistance order to children and families while the lawsuit is pending with them. In a divorce action in Missouri, a family judge may issue, in addition to temporary custody of the children, orders such as mortgage payments, management bills, car payments and the issuance of a temporary maintenance price. An experienced Missouri lawyer should be vigilant on behalf of his client to protect his client from a financial crisis that could arise during an impending divorce if one of the parties chooses to no longer participate financially in the family`s critical monetary obligations.

A custody petition is a special petition that is presented to the Court of Justice when the paternity of the child or children concerned has been established, but custody issues have not been addressed. A child custody petition protects the rights of both parents and establishes the father`s right to be in contact with his children. A child custody petition will lead to the creation of a parenting plan that will be approved by Missouri courts. The parental plan defines visitation rights and schedules, amounts and assistance obligations, regardless of whether or not both parents have legal and/or physical custody of the child. Once paternity is established, the Father has the right to access his children in accordance with Missouri`s custody laws.