Child custody issues can be the most important, complicated, and emotional aspects of your divorce or paternity case. In Missouri, the best interests of the child is used by the Courts to determine the custody arrangement.
Custody and Parenting Plan
There are two kinds of custody: legal and physical custody. Legal custody defines how major decisions for the child are made and physical custody refers to the actual right for each parent to spend time the child. Missouri courts favor joint physical custody and joint legal custody, which means each parent shares equally in major decision making for the child and each parent is able to spend frequent and meaningful time with the child.