Fighting for What Our Clients Deserve: Custody Over Their Children

St. Louis Child Custody Lawyers

Serving St. Charles & st. Louis County for 50+ Years

Few legal disputes are as emotionally charged as child custody matters. At Cavanagh & Associates, we act in the best interests of our clients and their children. Our St. Louis child custody lawyer will guide you through the custody process, so you know what to expect.

When faced with a difficult family law matter, you can put your trust in Cavanagh & Associates - Attorney Jack Cavanagh has more than 50 years of legal experience handling a wide range of family law cases. Attorney Cavanagh is a member of several prestigious and professional associations including The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, St. Louis County Bar Association, and The Missouri bar.

Resolving conflict regarding the custody of your children, please contact our office today at (314) 309-2799.

Child Custody in Missouri

Issues related to child custody or support may be addressed during a divorce, paternity case, or separate child custody action. As in other states, Missouri considers the best interests of the child when determining child custody. Some of the factors considered include the wishes of the parents, child, the physical and mental well-being of both parents, relocation plans, and other factors.

Physical & Legal Custody

The statutes and past precedents of Missouri courts do not differentiate between married, formerly married, and unmarried parents. There are two types of child custody issues decided by the courts: Physical custody and legal custody.

A variety of custody arrangements may be ordered by the court, including:

  • Joint physical and legal custody
  • Joint physical custody to both parents, with one having sole legal custody
  • Joint legal custody, with one parent having sole physical custody
  • Sole legal and physical custody to one parent
  • Custody or visitation given to another party, such as grandparents

Missouri law shows a clear preference for joint physical custody and joint legal custody. Unless there is a compelling reason for the court to order sole physical or legal custody to one parent, you should expect that you will receive joint legal and physical custody of your children. If a compelling reason exists for awarding sole custody, consult with a St. Louis attorney. Our St. Louis child custody lawyers can evaluate your situation and provide legal advice that is tailored to your specific circumstances.

Contact our office today at (314) 309-2799 to discuss your situation with our child custody attorney.

Leave Your Legal Matters to Cavanagh & Associates

When You Hire Attorney Cavanagh, You Get Him.
  1. Attorney Cavanagh has over 50 years of legal experience.
  2. We offer free and confidential consultations to every client served.
  3. Attorney Cavanagh is a former prosecutor turned legal advocate.
  4. We achieve positive case outcomes through thorough preparation.
  5. Attorney Cavanagh handles our clients' legal matters personally.
  6. We have a genuine desire to see our clients succeed.
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