Divorce is a multifaceted legal process that involves property division, spousal support, and -- the most emotionally difficult part of divorce for couples with children -- child custody. All states have adopted the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act, which discourages interstate kidnapping of children by non-custodial parents. Under this law, custody orders are followed and enforced no matter where in the U.S. the child resides.
Generally, though, child custody laws are passed and enforced at the state level. Missouri child custody laws, as do virtually all state laws, consider the best interests of the child when determining custody. Several factors go into this determination, including the following:
In accordance to Missouri child custody law, the court considers five types of custody arrangements before making a decision. These include:
To learn more about Missouri child custody laws, review the following list of provisions. FindLaw's Child Custody section includes a wide variety of both general and state-specific articles and resources.
|Types of Custody Considered||
|Year Uniform Child Custody Act Adopted||1978|
|Joint Custody an Option?||Yes, §452.375|
|Grandparent Visitation Rights Recognized?||Yes, §452.402|
|Child's Own Wishes Considered?||Yes|
Note: State laws are always subject to change through the passage of new legislation, rulings in the higher courts (including federal decisions), ballot initiatives, and other means. While we strive to provide the most current information available, please consult an attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.
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