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Category Archives: Guardian Ad Litem

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Setting aside of default judgment appropriate when good cause shown and meritorious defense; Ability to pay supports award of attorney’s fees

Posted in Assets and Debts, Child Support, Custody and Visitation, Divorce, Financial Issues, Guardian Ad Litem, Property Division
Recent Case: JT Appellant vs. AT, Respondent  Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District – ED97995 Father appeals from the trial court’s judgment of November 8, 2011, dissolving his marriage with Mother and entering a child custody and support award for their minor child ("Minor"). The trial court’s judgment granted joint physical custody to the parties, … Continue Reading

Express allegations of abuse or neglect required for mandatory appointment of Guardian Ad Litem; Alternating weekend parenting plan is joint physical custody.

Posted in Child Abuse, Custody and Visitation, Divorce, Guardian Ad Litem, Modifications
Recent case:  CJWQ vs. SJQ Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District – WD74342 Mother  appeals the circuit court’s judgment modifying the dissolution decree from her marriage to Father. Mother asserts that the court erred when: (1) it failed to appoint a guardian ad litem pursuant to section 452.423, RSMo Cum. Supp. 2011, claiming that Mother … Continue Reading

“Sole physical custody” award that incorporates significant parenting time to the other parent is not sole custody by definition, but joint custody instead

Posted in Custody and Visitation, Divorce, Guardian Ad Litem, Legal Separation, Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution, military divorce, Military Family Law, Modifications, Paternity
Recent ruling: TC A Minor Child, by and through JC, Next Friend and JC, Individually v SI Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District – WD7455 Father appeals from a judgment entered in the Circuit Court of Clay County in an action to establish the paternity of his daughter, T.C.C. Father challenges the trial court’s decisions … Continue Reading

Child Neglect Shown in recent Decision

Posted in Adoption and Guardianship, Child Abuse, Child Support, Custody and Visitation, Divorce, Guardian Ad Litem, military divorce, Military Family Law, Modifications, Paternity
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 … Continue Reading

Recent ruling: Termination of parental rights unsupported

Posted in Child Abuse, Custody and Visitation, Domestic Abuse, Guardian Ad Litem, Legal Proceedings, Marriage and Family, Paternity
The statute provides that, when considering whether to terminate parental rights, the circuit court must consider certain factors, as to which evidence was either absent; less than clear, cogent and convincing; or favored the parent.  Factors including whether mental condition will improve does not mean intelligence.  Whatever else may be appropriate, judgment terminating parental rights … Continue Reading

Recent Family Law Rulings From the Missouri Court Of Appeals

Posted in Child Support, Custody and Visitation, Domestic Abuse, Guardian Ad Litem, Legal Proceedings, Modifications
Circuit Court May Depart From Recommendations On Physical Custody Guardian ad litem and court-appointed therapist both recommended joint legal custody and supervised visitation for Father. Circuit Court followed the former but not the latter. When evidence supports an alternative award, “the trial court is not bound by the requests of any party as to custody … Continue Reading

Case law Update: A finding of Paternity in a Dissolution proceeding is Res Judicata on the issue of Paternity.

Posted in Divorce, Guardian Ad Litem, Paternity, Res Judicata and Collateral Estoppel, Uncategorized
Trial judge is prohibited from ordering ex-husband to submit to genetic testing where previous divorce judgment found that ex-husband was not the father of child, where child was represented by a guardian ad litem (“GAL”) and where husband and wife agreed that husband was not the father. Failure to join the putative father did not … Continue Reading