Kansas City Child Custody Attorneys
Child Custody Agreements in Kansas & Missouri
When a married couple who share children decide to split up, one of the most important and emotionally charged decisions to be made is who will have custody. A divorce can affect your children's future in a number of different ways, especially if they do not initially understand what is going on. Any decisions you and your partner make about the custody of your child or children needs to be made with your child's best interest in mind.
At Davis | Pingel, we believe that your child should not have to suffer if you and your spouse decide to get a divorce. The Kansas City child custody attorneys at our firm are caring and compassionate towards the difficult decisions which are made during divorce.
What Do Judges Look For in Child Custody Cases?
The court shall determine custody of a child in accordance with the best interests of the child. The “best interests of the child” law requires courts to focus on the child's needs and not the parent's needs. If the court awards a parent sole custody, that parent has the right to make decisions regarding the child's upbringing, including healthcare and education decision.
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Joint Custody vs. Sole Custody
Joint custody refers to a legal situation which both parents share custody. Sole custody means that one parent is responsible. Legal custody determines when which parent will make the important decisions for the child, such as about healthcare or schooling. Physical custody determines who the child will reside with or when shared, the schedule of time that the children will have between the two homes.
When making a decision about child custody, the court typically chooses between:
- Sole physical custody
- Sole legal custody
- Joint physical custody
- Joint legal custody
How Is Custody Decided in Missouri and Kansas?
Judges will always try to make decisions with the child's best interest in mind. The court takes a number of different factors into mind, which may include the child's preference, the relationship between child and parents, and the parent's financial ability. Our goal is to act as a legal advocate on your behalf and ensure your child's interests are protected.
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