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Missouri Child Custody Laws

Parents must try to come to an agreement on child custody when they separate. These arrangements include how they will make major decisions regarding their child moving forward, and how they will share time with the child. If parents are unable to come to an agreement, courts will decide the best course of action based on state child custody laws.

All states (except Massachusetts) have adopted the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA), which helps resolve interstate child custody conflicts. Under this law, custody orders are followed and enforced no matter where in the U.S. the child resides. Generally, though, child custody laws are passed and enforced at the state level. Missouri child custody laws, as do virtually all state laws, consider the best interests of the child when determining custody.

This article provides a brief overview of child custody laws in the state of Missouri.

Child Custody laws in Missouri: At a Glance

To learn more about Missouri child custody laws, review the following list of provisions. FindLaw's Child Custody section includes a wide variety of both general and state-specific articles and resources.

Code Section

§ 452.375 et seq. of the Missouri Revised Statutes

Year Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act Adopted


Joint Custody an Option?

Yes, § 452.375

Grandparent Visitation Rights Recognized?

Yes, § 452.402

Child's Own Wishes Considered?


Note: State laws are always subject to change through the passage of new legislation, rulings in the higher courts (including federal decisions), ballot initiatives, and other means. While we strive to provide the most current information available, please consult an attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

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Get Legal Help with Child Custody Today

Child custody can become an emotional roller coaster for both you and your child's other parent. If you find yourself having trouble understanding child custody laws or simply want some sound legal advice from a child custody expert, you can start by contacting a skilled Missouri family law attorney today.

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