Child Custody Lawyer in Missouri
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If you are seeking a modification of a current Missouri child support or custody arrangement, this means that since the date the judge signed the judgment, there have been substantial changes in the circumstances involving the children or custody. These changes must be so substantial that they render the original judgment regarding custody, support, or visitation unreasonable.
In an uncontested or cooperative modification, both parties must be in full agreement about all aspects of what they wish to modify. If you have questions about uncontested modifications, turn to the licensed Missouri attorneys at Affordable Legal Services. In our experience, most modifications are not uncontested or cooperative. To qualify as uncontested and cooperative, your modification case must satisfy all of the following conditions:
- Both parties agree that a modification is necessary.
- Both parties are willing to cooperate with one another.
- Both parties agree on all changes to child, child support, and custody issues.
- Both parties are willing to sign appropriate legal documents for the modification.
If both parties agree 100% on all issues and will cooperate with one another, then one party can hire an attorney to get started. In most counties, a court appearance is not required. There is also usually not a thirty-day waiting period before the judge will grant the modification. On average, we can have everything finalized within a couple of weeks after filing the documents with the court.
Uncontested Modification Benefits
The following are just some of the benefits of an uncontested modification:
- It typically costs less than a contested modification.
- It typically takes less time than contested proceedings.
- In most counties, it does not require a court appearance (if one party hires an attorney).
Please understand that in an uncontested modification, our firm can only represent one of the parties involved, usually the party asking for the modification. Missouri attorneys will not represent both parties, because this would likely be a conflict of interest.
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If the above description sounds like your case and your case is cooperative, we have free consultations available. Contact us today for answers to your questions or to set up an appointment.
* The choice of a lawyer is an important decision and should not be based solely upon advertisements. Neither the Supreme Court of Missouri nor The Missouri Bar reviews or approves certifying organizations or specialist designations. Certain cases may be referred, or may involve outside co-counsel arrangements, in which event you would be notified.