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Child Custody and Visitation

Missouri Lawyers for Child Custody Agreements

When parents divorce or when a child is born outside of marriage, many parents worry that they will not have the contact they need with the child they love. This uncertainty can be stressful and challenging.

The Law on Child Custody and Visitation in Missouri

Many parents worry that the law favors mothers over fathers, or vice versa. They should know that Missouri law does not favor one parent over the other based on gender. Instead, the law looks at the best interests of the child. It takes several factors into account, including:

  • The wishes of the child's parents as proposed in a parenting plan
  • The child's adjustment to home, school and community
  • The needs of the child for a frequent, continuing and meaningful relationship with both parents
  • The willingness of one parent to allow contact with the other
  • The interrelationship of the child, his or her siblings, parents, care providers and others who have an effect on the best interests of the child

You should talk to an attorney about ways in which you can maintain your relationship with your child. Mr. Ritchie can help you create a plan which allows both parents with meaningful parenting time with the child, while at the same time giving the child a sense of stability and structure.

Contact Us Regarding Child Custody

Contact Ritchie & Soper, P.C., by calling 816-396-8334 or toll free at 866-621-8229. You may also complete our online contact form to schedule a confidential consultation with an attorney.

We also handle contested guardianships on behalf of family members seeking guardianship or for a parent who opposes it. We encourage you to talk with us about your guardianship situation.

Ritchie & Soper, P.C.

Ritchie & Soper, P.C.
1018 W. St. Maartens Drive, Suite 100
St. Joseph, MO 64506
Phone: 816-396-8334
Toll Free: 866-621-8229
Fax: 816-279-1812
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Liberty office
12B Westwoods Drive
Liberty, MO 64068
Phone: 816-396-8334
Toll Free: 866-621-8229
Fax: 816-792-5147
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Columbia office
11 North Fifth Street
Columbia, MO 65201
Phone: 573-442-6633
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