Saint Louis MO Child Custody Lawyer
Decisions regarding child custody are some of the most important parents will ever have to face. The choices you make today will impact your children’s future. Having a supportive and understanding legal team to navigate you through the process can make all the difference.
At Rogers Sevastianos & Bante, LLP in Saint Louis, Missouri, we help parents to make child custody choices that protect their children’s welfare. As parents ourselves, we understand the importance of promoting your child’s best interests throughout legal proceedings.
In the state of Missouri, child custody and visitation documents are referred to as parenting plans. Although child custody concerns most often arise out of divorce, the need for legal representation may arise out of any of a variety of situations:
Paternity Actions and Petitions for Custody
If you are an unmarried father in Missouri, you will be subject to a child support order – but that does not mean you have child custody rights. In the past, if an unmarried father wanted custodial rights, a paternity suit had to be filed. Now, if you are the father listed on the birth certificate and are paying support, you can file a petition to gain custody and visitation rights. This means pursing parental rights and drafting a parenting plan.
In the state of Missouri, grandparents may have legal rights to visitation with their grandchildren in some circumstances. We are able to assist you in determining your legal standing and proceed from there.
Parental Relocation (“Move-Away Cases”)
In Missouri, whether you are moving down the street or to another state, you have to provide formal notice to the other parent – and potentially get the permission of the court to do so, if your children are subject to a parenting plan.
Modifications of Parenting Plans
Modifications of custody or visitation plans are allowed when there has been a substantial change in circumstances for the child or either parent.
Custodial Rights, Parental Rights and Parental Decision-Making
Disputes between parents can occur when one parent attempts to deny visitation to the other or makes a parenting decision the other parent does not agree with. Sometimes parents may not feel they have enough decision-making power in their children’s lives. When these situations occur, we can help you to develop an acceptable resolution or protect your rights in court.