Legal Custody: The legal authority to make decisions or act on behalf of a child.
Joint Legal Custody: This is the most common situation. It allows either parent to make a decision for a child. For example, either parent could authorize emergency medical treatment.
Sole Legal Custody: This means that only one parent has the authority to sign papers or make decisions for the child.
Residential Parent: This is the parent with whom the child lives on a daily basis. In some states this person is called the “custodial parent.”
Shared Residency: In this situation the child resides for some amount of time in each parent’s home. The exact time is specified in the parenting plan.
A child custody or child support case may begin at the time of a divorce or because of a paternity case. If you need help bringing a custody or support case to court, contact my Lenexa, Kansas law office. I am family lawyer Valerie L. Moore, and I use my seven years of family law experience and mediation skills to help families reach fair and cost-effective solutions to child custody matters.
Petition for Child Custody and Parenting Time
Child custody is a hotly contested issue in most divorce cases. Strong emotions can make it difficult for parents to work together to develop a custody plan based on their child’s best interest. This is when a trained mediator can be particularly helpful. Learn more about mediation and how I can help you and your child’s other parent reach a child custody / parenting time agreement that is acceptable to all parties.
I assist clients with Kansas child custody modifications when a change in circumstances requires a change in parenting time or custody, such as:
Initial child custody and parenting plans in Kansas divorce and paternity cases
Questions about grandparent visitation rights
Child Support and Modification of Support Orders
Kansas child support guidelines specify, to a great degree, the amount of support that a non-residential parent will pay. If you are considering divorce and wonder how Kansas child support guidelines might impact you, contact me. I can explain how the child support calculation applies in your situation.
Situations do change over time and you may need to request a modification of your original child support order if, for example:
Your income goes down because of a job loss or change
Your ability to carry insurance changes
Your child’s need for daycare changes
The amount of time the child spends with you increases or decreases
The child develops special medical needs
Problems Getting Your Child Support?
As your Kansas child support lawyer, I can be of continuing help to you if you are having problems getting the child support you are owed. I help custodial parents seek enforcement of court-ordered support and I work with parents who are in arrears on support to negotiate payment plans. Contact my Lenexa office.
*** The information on this website is for general informational purposes only and is not legal advice. Nothing in this website establishes an attorney-client relationship between Valerie L. Moore and the viewer.