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Missouri Equal Custody Law

A new custody law will take effect in Missouri on August 28, 2016, pursuant to HB 1550. The provisions have been reported to create a new presumption significantly favoring “equal” or “50/50” custodial ...

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Missouri Step Parent Adoptions

General Under Missouri law an adoption of a minor child by a step-parent is a two (2) step proceeding. First, the rights of the child’s natural parent who the adoptive step parent will be replacing must have his or her ...

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Missouri Relocation Following Child Custody Orders

Introduction A custodial parent may want to change their child’s residence after a custody judgment has been entered. Missouri considers this to be such a potentially significant event that it has enacted a specific ...

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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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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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