St. Louis County Child Custody Lawyer
Serving St. Charles, Clayton, and Throughout MO
- Years of experience in various family law courts
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Thousands of families served throughout Missouri
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Types Of Child Custody Arrangements
- Legal Custody: Legal Custody refers to the decision-making rights, responsibilities, and authority relating to the health, education and welfare of the child. Unless allocated, apportioned, or decreed, the parents shall confer with one another in the exercise of decision-making rights, responsibilities, and authority.
- Physical Custody: Physical Custody refers to which parent has caregiving responsibilities of the children at a particular time. The terms joint and sole in the context of physical do not matter here as much as the actually custody plan.
- Parenting Time (Custody Plans): A custody plan will be included in your parenting plan for any dissolution or legal separation in which the parties have at least one child or in a paternity action. A custody plan typically have a two week repeating schedule stating who has caregiving responsibilities at what time. It may also include superseding elements for certain holidays or summer/winter school breaks.
- 3rd Party Custody: In atypical situations when the court finds that each parent is unfit, unsuitable, or unable to be a custodian, or the welfare of the child requires, and it is in the best interest of the child, a third party (non-parent) may be awarded custody. In some of these situations, family members (such as grandparent) will be considered as a possible custodian of the children. Third parties may even be able to receive support from the natural parents to help them provide financially for the child in their custody.