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Child Custody, Child Support and Visitation

The Courts Will Look at What Is Best for Your Child

Too many people go through a divorce afraid they will lose custody of their children or lose influence over their kids' lives. Custody, visitation rights and child support issues are often the most contentious battles in a divorce.

If child custody and parenting time will be an important issue in your pending divorce, it may help calm things down by understanding how Missouri family law judges look at the issue. Understand this: The child's interests will remain the court's primary interest throughout the divorce. The judge will require opposing sides to work diligently to resolve parenting issues as amicably as possible. They will only accept a parenting arrangement if they agree that the child's interests are paramount and the parenting time is fair for both parents.

When spouses cannot come to a negotiated agreement about custody arrangements, the court will determine the best interest of the child and recommend custody according to their findings. Visitation rights and child support obligations will be assigned accordingly.

We Keep Your Child's Interests First

Welch, Martin & Albano is the family law office people in Independence and throughout western Missouri have been turning to for child custody, visitation and child support solutions for over four decades. Our attorneys and professional staff understand the emotional issues involved in child custody negotiations and litigation. We are compassionate, professional and have earned the respect of opposing attorneys and family law judges throughout the region. We will work diligently to find solutions that avoid the emotional and expensive litigation that often results in torn families and broken hearts.

Contact us to schedule a consultation about your custody or visitation issue today.

Our attorneys handle all areas of divorce and family law, including:

  • Child custody settlements
  • Parenting time disputes
  • Modify visitation schedule
  • Child support enforcement
  • Child support modification
  • Step-parent adoptions

What Will the Child Support Obligation Be?

We receive many phone calls asking about child support obligations. Under Missouri law, monthly child support will be determined by a calculation that includes the income and expenses of both parents, as well as the number of children. But it is not that simple. No law firm should give a general answer about your specific child support levels without taking time to fully evaluate your financial circumstances. As your attorney, we fight hard to ensure the income entered into the formula is a fair calculation of actual earnings and expenses.

Contact us to discuss your child custody, visitation and child support needs today.