${site.data.firmName}${SEMFirmNameAlt} Main Menu
Call Today: 855-805-0595

Untangling child custody disputes

34372258_S.jpgHome is a place to unwind, bond with family and friends and enjoy peace of mind -- these aspects are especially ideal for children who are affected by divorce. Millions across the nation struggle with making two homes what one used to be. Yet a 2016 Missouri law has caused many parents to develop concern in regards to how much time, exactly, they are able to spend with their own children. Much confusion has surrounded this 50/50 parenting law, and some fathers in particular have decided to speak out.

In September 2016, KSHB News covered the lobby carried out by the movement on father's rights that ended up in Washington D.C. The movement focused on the potential Missouri parenting laws that were subject to change, regarding parents' encouraged equal rights to their children post-separation. Some of the fathers involved in the movement had spent little to no time with their own children due to preexisting child custody laws. Like most states, however, Missouri prioritizes the best interests of the child in divorce cases -- with that said, the fine print can make matters complicated. 

The 16th Circuit Court of Jackson County, Missouri relays the process of solving mediation issues that many parents in the state encounter. According to the Court's resource on mediation requirements, all parties involved must meet the following criteria in a child custody case:

  • Participation in a minimum of two hours of mediation
  • Payment to the mediator for the two hours
  • Mediator must be appointed by the Court 

The Court continues by adding that mediation fees depend on each parent's level of income. If parents fail to comply with these requirements, or fail to show up at the mediation altogether, fees may still apply. While there may never be one single solution for child custody battles, knowing the law and all surrounding details can make the process smoother for both parents, and especially for children. 



No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
2015 Top 100 Lawyers - ASLA Lead Counsel Rated Rated By Super Lawyers American Legal Institute | America's Top Attorneys 2016 Nation's Premier Top Ten Ranking 2016 | NAFLA 10 Best 2014-2017 | 4 Years Client Satisfaction | American Institute of Family Law Attorneys ™ Avvo Rating 10.0 Superb The National Trial Lawyers National Association of Distinguished Counsel | Nation's Top One Percent National Academy of Jurisprudence Rue Rating | Best Attorneys Of America | Lifetime Charter Member The National Advocates Top 100 Lawyers | America's Premier Attorneys Law Firm 500 | 2016 Honoree America's Top 100 Attorneys American Jurist Institute Top 10 Attorneys American Jurist Institute Top 10 Attorneys 2017
Stange Law Firm, PC

Stange Law Firm, PC
256 NE Tudor Rd.
Lee's Summit, Missouri 64086

Toll Free: 855-805-0595
Fax: 314-963-9191
Law Office Map