Child Custody in Missouri
No issue carries more emotional impact than resolving how parents will share the physical time with their children and decisions regarding their health, education and welfare.
In Missouri, there are two different types of custody: legal custody, which determines the parent who will make decisions regarding the health, education and welfare of the child. When and under what conditions the child resides with each parent is decided through physical custody.
Missouri Child Support
Parents have a legal obligation to support their children. In Missouri, the court structures child support based upon the combined incomes of the parents and the associated household expenses based on income and the number of children.
Alimony & Spousal Support
Self-sufficiency is an important aspect of how the court treats alimony, or “maintenance,” as it is known in Missouri. After a divorce, each spouse is expected to take all reasonable steps to be employed or otherwise self-sufficient. However, sometimes incomes may be heavily weighted towards one spouse or the other, or one spouse may have been out of the workforce for a considerable length of time. If a Missouri court sees that one spouse is less able to reasonably provide for themselves than the other, it may award that spouse maintenance.
Child Education & Divorce
A child’s education is normally the primary concern of a parent. It’s no surprise that during a divorce, education is one of the most important issues to both parents. In Missouri, where a child will go to school depends on the parents’ custody arrangement. If both parents agree on where the child will attend school, there will of course not be an issue. However, if the parents cannot agree, the court may need to get involved.
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