In a recent decision by the Missouri Court of Appeals, clear, cogent and convincing evidence supported a finding of neglect in protecting the child, maintaining the household, and supervising the child.  "If a parent is unable to pay for all of a child’s financial needs, he or she has a duty to provide as much as he or she reasonably can." A Father’s occasional support for child does not outweigh clear, cogent and convincing evidence of financial neglect through reluctance to work. The Circuit court’s determination of child’s best interests is subject to review for abuse of discretion. The Guardian ad Litem’s opinion is not controlling but merits “respectful consideration."

Missouri Court of Appeals, Southern District – SD30632

Source for Post:  Missouri Bar