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If you share children with your spouse and are in the midst of a divorce, child custody matters may be at the front of your discussions. It can be incredibly emotional and terrifying to think that you may lose your place as a parent due to the divorce.

Reasons To Choose Smith Law Offices, LLC

  • Over Two Decades Of Combined Experience
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  • Award-Winning Legal Representation
  • We’re Locally-Owned & Family-Run
  • We Have An Exceptional Track Record Of Success

A child custody lawyer in St. Charles, MO from Smith Law Offices, LLC comes in - to protect you and ensure your rights are not taken away. It is very important that you hire a lawyer to represent you and not attempt to deal with issues of child custody on your own.

With over 30 years of combined experience and an expanse of knowledge in the area of family law, our St. Charles MO child custody attorneys are qualified to represent you both in and out of court. We take the time to investigate all of the details in each case we take on and work diligently to protect our clients’ rights.

Our team understands just how sensitive these matters are and you can rely on us to handle your case with the respect and compassion it deserves.

Get in touch with Smith Law Offices, LLC for an evaluation of your case.

How Is Child Custody Determined in Missouri?

Child custody in Missouri is always based on the best interests of the child. This typically means providing the opportunity for the child to develop a meaningful relationship with both parents.

A few of the factors which may influence a child custody decision include:

  • If there is a current custody agreement in place
  • How many children are involved
  • What the relationship is between the child and each parent
  • If the child has any preference on who they want to live with
  • What each parent’s home environment is like
  • Which parent’s home provides more stability for the child

Is Missouri a Mother State?

Missouri courts operate on the belief that having a relationship with both parents is in the child’s best interests, which means there is no special preference given to mothers.

Who Has Legal Custody of a Child When the Parents Are Not Married in Missouri?

When a child is born to unmarried parents in Missouri, the mother has custody until paternity has been established via a paternity test and a judgment by the court. Once the paternity judgment has been granted, a parenting plan is established giving the father rights to access and decision making concerning the child.

Child Custody Attorney in St. Charles MO

Our St. Charles custody lawyers understand how to navigate child custody matters to work towards a positive outcome. Receiving the Client Distinction Award from 2013-2015 from Martindale-Hubbell®, Attorney Nevada Smith has demonstrated a history of exemplary client service throughout his years in practice.

Together with his wife, Attorney Monica Smith, they understand the importance of creating an agreeable custody agreement that is beneficial for all parties. Your priorities as our client, should you retain our firm, will always be our focus as we fight to protect your best interests and that of your children.

If you would like to meet with a St. Charles child custody lawyer from our firm to discuss your child custody matter, call our office at (636) 400-1177 for a complimentary case consultation.

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  • “I have used both Monica and Nevada on separate occasions. Monica is one of the most kind-hearted attorneys I have ever met. She has held our hand throughout the entire process and makes sure that ...”

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  • “We were in a time crunch to apply for a change of status for my wife and Monica clearly explained the process and came through for us. We received my wife's green card seven months later. Highly ...”

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Why Hire Smith Law Offices, LLC

  • Well Respected by Colleagues
  • Family-Run & Locally Owned Law Firm
  • Award-Winning Legal Representation
  • We Speak Spanish, French & Russian
  • Providing One-On-One Attention
  • More Than 30 Years of Combined Legal Experience