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Visitation

For many families, there comes a time when issues of visitation must be handled with the help of the legal system. At Stange Law Firm, PC, many of our clients ask us to guide them through the process of handling visitation issues related to a divorce or paternity action.

Our law firm is well equipped to offer efficient and effective solutions to clients throughout Missouri, Illinois, Kansas and Oklahoma. We believe in common sense actions, but we also believe in acting forcefully to achieve the best possible results. Our team of enthusiastic attorneys will prepare your visitation / child custody case completely and effectively, fighting hard so that your voice is heard in court.

Child Custody and Visitation Laws

Laws are slowly changing. More states are recognizing a presumption of shared parenting. This presumption means that parents share physical custody of their children. Usually, on parent is identified as the residential parent for school and mailing purposes. However, visitation is shared according to a detailed parenting plan with both parents receiving significant time with the children.

If courts award sole physical custody, the parent with custody is generally considered to be the residential parent. Sole custody is often awarded in situations involving a history of family violence, mental instability, drug addiction, alcohol abuse or where the parents are unable to get along.

When these factors are present, courts sometimes require supervised visitation, which takes place in the presence of a responsible adult appointed by the court for the protection of the child. It can be difficult to terminate supervised visitation because parents wishing to do so must show proof of treatment and rehabilitation. This can be challenging to demonstrate.

For this reason, it is critical to take supervised visitation seriously. At Stange Law Firm, PC, we talk with our clients about their options and advocate forcefully for them. Whether we are protecting children from potential abuse or protecting the relationships between parents and their children, we work hard to achieve the best possible results.

We Handle All Visitation and Child Support Matters

Under the Missouri child support guidelines, non-custodial parents receive a ” visitation credit” for the amount of overnight visitation they handle. Certain numbers of overnights can help to reduce the child support obligation.

Because of this child support is often a factor to be considered when divorcing parents are determining child custody and visitation. At Stange Law Firm, PC, we take everything into account when we handle your child support case. Our work includes implementing successful legal strategies, like making sure that the amount of parenting time you receive is right for you and your children. If you have already received an adverse child custody judgment, Stange Law Firm can represent you in the filing of an appeal.

Grandparent Visitation

Grandparents often face an uphill battle to gain visitation with their grandchildren due to legal requirements. The court will grant grandparent visitation only if it is in the child’s best interest. A court will deny grandparent visitation if the visits will endanger the child’s physical health or impair the child’s emotional development.

Like with other custody cases, the court may appoint a guardian ad litem to help determine the best interest of the child. A guardian ad litem is an attorney appointed by the court to represent the child. The recommendation of the guardian is often key in these cases.

If you want to learn more about visitation, we have written an articles that may help: Visitation schedules can create more balance between parents and Use of Virtual Visitation Increasing.

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To learn more about visitation, contact us online or by phone to schedule a confidential consultation. You can visit any of our convenient locations throughout the Midwest in cities such as St. Louis, Kansas City, Columbia, Springfield, Wichita, Tulsa and beyond in the Midwest.

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Our child custody practice focuses on protecting the wellbeing of children and the rights of parents. We handle issues such as:
Visitation
Often called parenting time, visitation is the amount of time a noncustodial parent spends with his or her child. We can handle a broad spectrum of visitation matters.
Creating a parenting plan
Getting visitation rights means drafting a parenting plan that works. We can help.
Relocation with a child
Courts have continuing jurisdiction over child custody and visitation orders. So, when a parent wants to move, it is usually necessary to get the court's permission first. Failure to do so can put your time with your child in jeopardy.
Enforcement of orders
If a parent fails to follow a child custody order, it may be possible to take him or her to court to enforce the order.
Contempt of court
If you are found to have repeatedly ignored a court order, you may be found in contempt of court.
Modification of orders
When you need a court order changed, you can work with the experienced attorneys at Stange Law Firm, PC.
Custody Issues for Nonmarried Parents
Next to divorce actions, paternity cases (custody and support cases between unmarried parents) are among the most common cases in family law.
Parental Rights
Parents are often concerns about their parental rights, especially fathers in certain circumstances.
Family Access Motions
If you are being denied access to your children, you may want to consider a family access motion.
Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act
If you have jurisdictional issues involving your custody case, you will want an attorney familiar with the UCCJEA.
Custody Evaluations
If you have a complex custody case where psychological issues or abuse may be in play, you might want to consider a child custody evaluation.
Hague Convention
If you are dealing with an international child custody dispute, and perhaps child abduction, knowing about the Hague Convention is often critical.
Third-Party Custody
If you are not the biological parents, in certain cases all may not be lost. You might have a right to third party custody in certain situations.
Fertility and Surrogacy
Fertility and surrogacy is a growing area of the law for those who want children.
Transportation
In some custody cases, parties might live far apart. This can result in difficult child custody cases with transportation at issue.

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