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How breast feeding impacts child custody, visitation

Many new mothers make the decision to breastfeed their babies. But when a Missouri couple who has a child who is still breastfeeding makes the decision to divorce, it may impact visitation or child custody. Before anything else, however, the child's best interests need to come first and that includes maintaining the nursing relationship between mother and child. 

Tips for noncustodial parents to stay close to their kids

Many noncustodial parents in Missouri look forward to getting a fresh start in life after they settle their divorce. They want to leave their old marriage trouble behind and move on. Like most parents across the country, however, they want to avoid child custody problems and hope to maintain close and active relationships with their kids.

Child custody negotiation when a parent has a demanding career

When Missouri couples decide to legally end their union, they often face a number of challenges. People involved in the process of divorce who are also parents may find navigating the area of child custody particularly stressful, but no doubt divorcing parents would agree that time spent with their children is precious, and any amount of difficulty they must endure during negotiations is well worth the outcome. Divorcing parents with a time-consuming career may be concerned about losing quality parenting time in the divorce as a result of the demands of their working life. Experts offer some tips for such individuals.

Child custody: Navigating the holidays after a divorce

When thinking about the holidays, the first thing that many people in Missouri consider is the food and fun memories that are often associated with them. However, many aspects of the holidays are inherently stressful, especially for children who have divorced parents. Parents can work together to help create a child custody plan that will help children during the holiday season. 

Jeremey Renner in midst of contentious child custody battle

Many parents in Missouri who remain in a committed relationship struggle to agree on what is in their children's best interest. With that being said, it can be especially difficult for parents who are no longer romantically linked to come to an agreement. Unfortunately, this could lead to a child custody dispute. For famous parents, these disputes often become public fights.

Child custody: Easing the stressors of summer vacation

Many children in Missouri count down the days to the start of their summer vacation from school. However, this time period can be a time of confusion and stress when children divide their time between the homes of two parents who both share child custody. Despite the potential for added stress for the child, there are some ways in which parents can help with the transition.

Proposal seeks presumption of shared child custody in Missouri

When a couple divorces, there are multiple decisions that must be made. If they have children, many of these decisions involve who will provide care for them and whether one party must pay child support. A proposed bill in Missouri adds additional requirements for judges when making a child custody determination.

Appeals court remands child custody case

When parents in Missouri and across the country are unable to provide care for their children, there often comes a time when the court must step in and determine who will be in charge of them. In many states, family members are preferred when available. Despite this, a judge in another state ruled that child custody of two children should go to foster parents rather than the children's grandparents.

Child custody cases challenge federal law

There are people in Missouri and across the country who are willing to open up their homes and provide loving families to children whose parents are not able to provide care. However, some children are from Native American tribes and have a rich cultural and traditional history that many argue should be preserved. As such, the federal government enacted the Indian Child Welfare Act in 1978 which requires that members of Native American tribes be given preference in child custody issues involving children whose parents are tribal members. The law has both proponents and opponents.

Matt Barnes awarded sole physical, legal child custody of twins

Many parents in Missouri and across the country believe that a strong relationship with both parents is in the best interest of the children, facilitated by a 50/50 custody arrangement. However, there are certain circumstances that would necessitate a different arrangement. In fact, a judge in another state recently awarded retired NBA player, Matt Barnes, sole physical and legal child custody of his two children.

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