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child support attorney kansas cityCHILD CUSTODY & SUPPORT

In Kansas, there are two types of legal custody. 
        1. An order of joint legal custody means that the parties have equal rights to make decisions in the best interests of the child.
        2. An order of sole legal custody means that only one parent makes decisions for the child because it isn’t in the best interests of the child for both parents to make decisions for him/her.

The term “residency” refers to where the child resides.  If the child lives mostly with one parent, we commonly refer to that parent as having “primary residency.”  The other parent is then awarded parenting time.  If the child spends equal amounts of time with both parents, it is called “shared residency.”

If parents agree upon legal custody, residency, and parenting time for their children, then their agreement is presumed to be in the best interests for the children and the Court will adopt the agreement as its order.  If parents cannot agree upon custody, residency, or parenting time, the Court must make the decision.

In doing so, it considers:
The length of time that the child has been under the actual care and control of any person other than a parent and the circumstances relating thereto
The desires of the child’s parents as to custody or residency
The desires of the child as to the child’s custody or residency
The interaction and interrelationship of the child with parents, siblings and any other person who may significantly affect the child’s best interests
The child’s adjustment to the child’s home, school and community;
The willingness and ability of each parent to respect and appreciate the bond between the child and the other parent and to allow for a continuing relationship between the child and the other parent
Evidence of spousal abuse.
While this list isw not complete, it will give you some general knowledge of what decisions are considered regarding children in the case of divorce.

Child support was created for one purpose.... to provide for the needs of the child.
The needs of the child are not limited to direct expenses for food, clothing, school, and entertainment. Child support is also to be used to provide for housing, utilities, transportation, and other indirect expenses related to the day-to-day care and well-being of the child.

If you are facing a child custody or child support issue, contact our office for a FREE CONSULTATION. We will review your case and give you the best representation possible.