Missouri Child Custody Laws

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Missouri Child Custody

Missouri child custody bill be awarded based upon the best interests of the child. In determining best interests, a Missouri Court will consider the following factors:
  • the preference of the child; 

  • the wishes of the parents; 

  • the child's adjustment to his or her home, school, and community; 

  • the mental and physical health of all individuals involved;

  • any history of child or spouse abuse; 

  • the child's need for a continuing relationship with both parents;

  • both parents willingness and ability to perform parental obligations; 

  • the intention of either parent to relocate his or her residence outside Missouri;

  • which parent is more likely to allow the child frequent and meaningful contact with the other parent; and 

  • the relationship of the child with parents, siblings, and other significant family members.

 If it is shown that a party has domestically abused a child, such a showing will be a bar to that party’s request for child custody.

A parent not awarded child custody shall be given reasonable visitation.

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