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Grandparent Rights, Visitation, and Custody in Missouri

State of the Law Under Missouri law grandparents are entitled to court ordered visitation under a number of circumstances. The Missouri courts and legislature have recognized the important relationship between grandparents ...

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Moving Violations, Speeding, and Missouri License Consequences

Missouri Driver License Point System Under Missouri law the Missouri Director of Revenue must assess “points” on a Missouri driver’s license upon conviction for certain traffic related offenses. An ...

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Missouri Sentencing Ranges, Minimum Terms, and Enhancement

Sentencing Authority The court’s authority for sentencing is found in 557.011 RSMo. Most commonly this includes a fine, a term of imprisonment, or some combination thereof. No Missouri court may impose sentence other ...

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Effect of Private Tuition on Child Support Calculations

State of the Law Since 1989 Missouri child support orders have been governed by Missouri Supreme Court Rule 88.01. Pursuant to this Rule, each party to a divorce, custody, or paternity proceeding must submit a support ...

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Child Custody and Relocation of a Child’s Principal Residence

State of the Law Under Missouri law certain restrictions are placed on a parent who wishes to relocate his or her principal residence following an order of divorce, custody, or paternity. A parent who has custody of his or ...

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DWI Expungement in Missouri

State of the Law Under Missouri law certain offenses may be expunged following a period of good behavior without additional convictions. If all prerequisites are met it is currently possible to expunge a Missouri DWI ...

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Minor in Possession in Missouri

State of the Law Under Missouri law it is a misdemeanor for anyone under the age of twenty-one to purchase, attempt to purchase, or  have in his or her possession any intoxicating liquor;  to be visibly in an intoxicated ...

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Abuse and Lose Driver Consequences for Minors

State of the Law In addition to criminal penalties for possession of drugs or alcohol, the State of Missouri includes civil penalties such as suspension or revocation of driving privileges for violations committed by a person ...

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