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Borengasser Law Office, lawyers / attorneys in Lake St. Louis, St. Charles,
​O'Fallon, Wentzville, Saint Peters, Missouri

Legal Custody

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Legal Custody and Legal Custody Rights

Legal custody refers to the right to make parental decisions about the care and upbringing of a child.  Legal custody rights touch on school enrollment, selection of medical care providers and treatment, choice of extracurricular activities, and many similar parental decisions.

The very strong preference stated in Missouri law, which is practiced by most judges (though to a greater extent by some more than others) is that the parents of a child should share joint legal custody rights.  This usually means that the parents have an obligation to reach agreement before making any significant parental decision.

A parent may be excluded from exercising legal custody if the parents are so unable to work together to make parenting decisions that joint legal custody is not feasible; if a parent is for some reason unavailable, unable or unwilling to make legal custody decisions; or, of course, if the parents agree that one of them is to have sole legal custody.

Borengasser Law Office
1000 Edgewater Point, Suite 406
Lake St. Louis, Missouri  63367

Phone: (636) 625-0505
Toll Free: (888) 516-7412
Fax: (636) 265-1016

Office Hours:
​Mon - Friday
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Weekend and Evening Appointments ​Available Upon Request