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Child Custody

Providing Reliable Family Law for the Kansas City Area

Defending Your Rights as a Parent

Your relationship with your children is important to you. When couples face the need to end their marriage, the most complicated issues often come down to who will have custody and how visitation is organized.

The courts are moving away from the traditional "every other weekend and one night a week" model, recognizing that both parents should play a part in raising their children. Setting up standard visitation is no longer such a standard issue.

Finding Answers for Your Family

Parents come to me with countless questions about how to deal with their custody issues, such as:

  • Who will get custody of my children?
  • Will I have to pay for child support?
  • When will I get to see my kids?
  • What if the other side tries to keep the kids out of my life?
  • What if my spouse tries to move away?
  • Who will decide where my children live?

They are not always questions with a quick answer, but I can usually reassure people that the courts are not interested in separating parents from their children, unless there is strong evidence of abuse or neglect. A divorce from your spouse is not a divorce from your children. My job as a lawyer is to defend your parental rights, but also set up reasonable expectations as to the extent of those rights.

We start by asking questions the following questions:

  • Who is spending the most time with the kids now?
  • How parenting responsibilities are currently divided?
  • Who has the best resources and time to provide the best environment?
  • When are you in a position to devote the most time to your kids?

Standard visitation and custody starts with an examination of how responsibilities are currently split. Then, we negotiate with the other side knowing what we can expect from the courts and then trying to make that fit into your life. When you and your spouse can come to an agreement on standard visitation and custody, those settlements usually work out better for both sides.

However, when we need to fight for your parental rights, I am ready to take that case to a judge. I have 10 years of experience arguing for parental rights, and more often than not I go into court with both of us knowing exactly what the outcome should be.

If you need to protect your parental rights, I can provide you with experience and a client-focused approach. Contact me to schedule a consultation to discuss your case.