Lafayette County Child Custody Lawyers
Protecting Your Parental Rights
For most parents, the well-being of their children is their utmost concern. During divorce, child custody issues are often the most emotional and heated parts of the process. When your family’s future is on the line, it is crucial to work with an experienced and compassionate attorney who will protect your parental rights, while safeguarding the best interests of your children.
At Aull, Sherman, Worthington, Giorza & Hamilton, L.L.C., our Lafayette County child custody attorneys have more than 65 years of combined experience helping clients through all types of family law matters, including those related to child custody. Whether your case can be resolved by negotiating a mutual agreement, or if aggressive litigation is required, our lawyers have the skill, experience and resources to strongly represent your rights and interests.
Safeguarding The Best Interests Of Your Child
Missouri courts determine custody based on the best interests of the child. Courts must consider numerous statutory factors in making this decision. None of these factors are related to gender — mothers are not favored over fathers when awarding custody.
Generally, there are two types of custody:
- Physical custody refers to where the child will live.
- Legal custody refers to decision-making power regarding the medical care, religion, education and general upbringing of the child.
Courts typically favor awarding joint legal and physical custody, although it is possible to arrange a custody plan that involves any combination of physical and legal custody. For example, sometimes parents share joint legal custody, while one parent has sole physical custody and the other has generous parenting time (visitation). In situations involving allegations of abuse or neglect, visitation may be supervised or restricted.
Our firm represents mothers and fathers throughout Mid-Missouri in all matters related to child custody, including:
- Joint custody
- Sole custody
- Child custody agreements (out-of-court)
- Temporary parenting time (visitation)/child support (while case is pending)
- Child neglect
- Modifications of support
- Enforcement of existing court orders