On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Family Law on Sunday, April 24, 2016.
When going through a divorce, determining child custody and child support is often the most important thing for parents. Understandably, the anxiety and tension can be extremely high as both parents attempt to prove that they belong in their child or children’s lives. If a child support or child custody order is determined, and you do not feel that you are given the time you deserve with your child, it can be crushing, but your battle for custody does not have to end there.
In Missouri, as in most states, courts determine child custody based on a number of factors, all of which generally combine to provide an idea of how fit or committed you are as a parent. If you fail to attend events that are important to the child, such as baseball games or school plays, then you may not be awarded the same custodial rights as the child’s other parent. However, if you can determine what factors led to your custody arrangement, you can make a change.
Missouri courts realize that having both parents involved in a child’s life is extremely important, so it is usually only with significant reason that they prevent one parent from seeing a child often. Parents who are addicted to dangerous substances may be seen as a risk, for instance, and thus, be granted fewer custodial rights. However, if the parent could kick the habit and overcome the addiction, then he or she could move to modify the custody agreement based on the different circumstances.
If you were awarded a custody arrangement that you believe is unfair, consider meeting with an attorney to learn more about the factors that affect custodial rights. You may be able to determine why you were not given more custody, and you could rectify the issue. Visit our webpage to learn how we can help you modify your custody arrangement in order to receive the custody arrangement that you deserve.