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What To Do If Your Ex Violates Your Child Custody Order

As we have discussed in past blog posts, child custody orders in Missouri are created based on the best interests of the child or children involved. When your ex violates your custody order by keeping your children for too long or failing to pick them up at a scheduled time, it not only makes things difficult for you, but it may negatively impact your children as well.

Knowing what to do if your custody order is violated is important. It can help ensure your rights as a parent are protected and that your children’s best interests are upheld. The potential impact of any violation depends on the circumstances of the violation.

In divorce, does it matter whose fault it is?

Divorce is not always one person’s fault. Often, spouses simply determine that their marriage is no longer working and agree to part ways. Other times, however, there is a clear reason for the split.

Maybe one spouse cheated on the other, or maybe a substance abuse problem became too much to deal with. In more cut-and-dried situations like these, we often assign fault to the cheater or the spouse with a drinking problem. But does such fault really matter in divorce?

4 Tips For Creating A Summer Vacation Custody Plan

Summertime is fast-approaching. Soon, the kids will be out of school, and you may be thinking about the next family vacation, or perhaps you already have it on your calendar. The end of the school year can be hectic, but when you have a child custody arrangement to consider, the sooner you can start making plans, the better.

As you begin to think about summer plans, considering the following tips can help ensure you and your children have an enjoyable summer.

The when and how of changing a custody order

Change is a fact of life. We all know it, but parents know it especially well. Whether change is a choice or happens because of unforeseen circumstances, we are forced to adjust. When you have a child custody plan to work around, however, adjusting can be difficult. In some cases, changing the custody plan may be the best option.

What does the 'best interests of the child' mean in child custody?

If you are going through a divorce or negotiating a child custody plan, you have probably heard the phrase "best interests of the child." Like other states, Missouri uses the best interests of the child standard when determining or approving a child custody plan. But what does that mean?

The best interests of the child may seem subjective, and to some extent they are. You and your child's other parent may even disagree on what is best for your child. However, Missouri courts take several factors into consideration when reviewing a proposed custody plan. Understanding what they are can give you a better idea of what to expect and what to think about when negotiating a custody plan.

How to make the transition to divorce easier on your kids

Your divorce may be hard on your children. As many divorced parents in Missouri know, it can be difficult to protect your kids entirely from the challenges of adjusting to a new home life. However, children are resilient, and there are things you can do to make the process a little easier on your kids.

Want To Save Time And Money? Consider Mediation

Facing divorce is never easy. Even if you know it is the right thing for you and your family, it can be difficult to control the emotional challenges that come with divorce.

What you can control, however, is the way you approach your divorce. How you choose to handle your divorce can greatly impact the amount of time, money and energy you will have to give up in the process.

4 common questions about splitting assets during divorce

Figuring out how to split assets is one of the more complicated tasks of divorce. Some property has taken years of labor and love to get to where it is today. Tempers can rise when assets close to our heart gets taken away. It can help to know the rules during separation and how property will be split in the end. The following four questions are commonly asked by divorcing couples about splitting their assets.

1. What can I take when I move out before the divorce is final?

Anything that you have purchased during marriage, even with your own money, is considered marital property. Marital property will be split during your divorce. This means that when one of you inevitably moves out during separation, it can be tricky to get all of the items that you need. Big items such as furniture, the TV, and the bed will all be taken into account during the divorce settlement. Anything that you take out of the house will either be taken out of your property share, or can be taken back if the court decides to split property a different way.

5 Divorce pitfalls to avoid

Divorce is a stressful time for all involved. Often, the stress can contribute to people making mistakes in the settlement process. However, these mistakes are avoidable - in part by hiring a knowledgeable attorney to guide you through the process. A good lawyer can lead you through an uncontested divorce in which both sides reach a fair agreement and maintain a positive relationship without the court's intervention. This not only helps the couple involved, but also reduces stress for children and other family members. The following are five common pitfalls of divorce that good communication and proper guidance can help you avoid.

New Missouri custody law encourages equal time for both parents

Until recently, Missouri had very similar laws to most of the country when it came to court-driven child custody decisions. Judges often awarded significant periods of time with the children to each parent, but it was not always equal time. However, the new "shared parenting" law, which went into effect at the end of August, may change this.

"Shared parenting" in Missouri

With shared parenting, when parents cannot work out a custody agreement themselves and cases make it to court, judges are encouraged to consider equal custody time for the two parents. While the new law does not mandate a 50/50 split, it does explicitly prohibit judges from making custody decisions based on the gender of the parent or the age of the children.

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