Lee's Summit Child Custody Attorneys

Located in Lee's Summit, The Law Offices of Taylor & Taylor, LLC, helps parents protect their parent-child bonds. Our lawyers can help you establish and modify child custody and paternity rights in addition to addressing child support and visitation orders.

I Represent Children. I Will Fight For Your Child.

During heated family law disputes, parents can often lose sight of what is most important: their children. Attorney Jamie Taylor always puts children first. She uses every legal tool, including negotiation, mediation and litigation to find the most efficient and beneficial custody arrangement possible.

Ms. Taylor has been recognized for her balanced approach to legal problem-solving and for her dedication to children. Local judges often appoint Ms. Taylor as a guardian ad litem (GAL) during family law litigation. As a GAL, Jamie Taylor acts as a legal advocate for minor children, making sure their needs are met during the legal process.

How Are Custody Decisions Made?

Missouri judges make custody determinations based on the best interests of the children. Factors considered by the courts include:

  • The wishes of the parents and the child
  • The needs of the child and the parent's ability to meet those needs.The mental and physical health of each parent
  • The child's interactions with both parents and siblings
  • Any history of abuse
  • The child's adjustment to their home, school, and community

Jamie Taylor is skilled at applying and incorporating these factors into your legal defense and will build strong legal arguments on your behalf.

Why It Is Important To Establish Paternity

When children are born outside of marriage, an additional step must be taken before rights to child support and custody arise.

Many people think putting the father's name on the baby's birth certificate is enough. This is not true.

Although being on the birth certificate is a good first step, both parties need a Court order to protect themselves and their child. A Court order is necessary for enforcement of your child custody agreement and ensuring a parent cannot relocate without the court's permission.

If you are in agreement regarding the child custody and support, the matter doesn't have to be contested. Similar to an uncontested divorce, your child custody matter can be resolved amicably and the Law Offices of Taylor & Taylor can help guide you through the legal proceedings.

At The Law Offices of Taylor & Taylor, LLC, we help mothers and fathers obtain a legal determination of paternity so they can enforce their legal rights as parents. This process involves petitioning the court and getting a paternity test.

Child Support Guidelines

In Missouri, child support is determined by state guidelines. The formula used to determine the amount of support owed is based upon several factors, including custody and visitation arrangements, income and the number of children being supported.

In addition to helping parents obtain fair support orders, we also assist with enforcement. If your child's other parent has refused to pay court-ordered child support, there are legal steps we can take — including contempt — to force payment.

Child Support Modifications

Our lawyers can also help you modify your current child support order. We understand that circumstances may have changed since the child support order was entered. Maybe you or your spouse lost your job or received a promotion. Maybe your child no longer needs daycare or health care expenses have changed. We can help you determine what effect these life changes have on your current child support order.

Contact us today at 816-524-5264 for a free consultation.