There are two parts to custody: physical custody and legal custody. In deciding physical custody, the court must decide whether time with the child should be awarded to one parent or shared by both. In determining legal custody, the court is required to determine whether the authority to make decisions referable to the child’s health, welfare and education should be awarded to one parent or shared by both.
Unless the parties reach a settlement agreement, the court decides whether there will be sole custody or joint custody. Each case is different and decided on its own merits. However, Missouri law provides multiple factors and variables which the court will take into consideration when making its decision. These factors are complicated and require extensive analysis, which McChesney & Ortwerth will provide after evaluating the facts and circumstances of your case, including the following:
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(1) The wishes of the child’s parents as to custody and the proposed parenting plan submitted by both parties;
(2) The needs of the child for a frequent, continuing and meaningful relationship with both parents and the ability and willingness of parents to actively perform their functions as mother and father for the needs of the child;
(3) The interaction and interrelationship of the child with parents, siblings, and any other person who may significantly affect the child’s best interests;
(4) Which parent is more likely to allow the child frequent, continuing and meaningful contact with the other parent;
(5) The child’s adjustment to the child’s home, school, and community;
(6) The mental and physical health of all individuals involved;
(7) The intention of either parent to relocate the principal residence of the child; and
(8) The wishes of a child as to the child’s custodian.
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