Your Advocate In Resolving Important Children's Issues

A primary concern of parents who end a marriage or a nonmarital relationship is how it will impact their children emotionally, particularly if the children are still young. Keeping children out of the middle of a conflict and avoiding speaking negatively about your child's other parent are common-sense rules for helping children cope with the situation.

At the Law Offices of Susan L. Ward, LLC, we help parents throughout Greater St. Louis concentrate on maintaining a strong relationship with their children and minimizing the impact of a divorce. We do this while protecting our clients' rights regarding custody, parenting plans, child support and addressing all other issues that must be resolved.

Our Experience Provides A Decided Advantage

Our attorneys strive to resolve disputes outside of court through negotiation and, if necessary, mediation. However, if a fair agreement cannot be reached through negotiations, we are always prepared to advocate aggressively on your behalf in court. Either way, parents who want to minimize the emotional toll on their children will discover that we can help them navigate through the myriad issues that must be resolved. These include:

  • Custody and visitation — We will help you navigate the process of determining physical and legal custody, as well as developing a parenting plan that is in the best interests of you and your child.
  • Child support — The Missouri Child Support Guidelines offer a formula for determining child support, but there are many reasons one may deviate from those guidelines. We protect your interests.
  • Moving with a child — Many steps need to be taken to gain permission to relocate with a child. We protect the interests of our clients, whether they wish to move or prevent a move.
  • Paternity issues — You may wish to legally establish a child's father for support reasons, to protect your parental rights or provide important benefits to the child. We can help.
  • Grandparents' rights — Grandparents have limited rights under Missouri law, but there are situations in which they may be able to successfully petition for temporary custody, guardianship or merely the right to visit their grandchild.

Get Straight Answers To Your Questions About Children's Issues In Divorce

Our lawyers will never lose sight of what you believe is best for you and your family. Call 314-783-9400 or use our online contact form to schedule a consultation.