Reece Family Law, LLC
Defending Your Family
Shelly Reece, JD, MBA - Molly Wilson, JD - Yvette DuVall, JD - Brett Shirk, JD

2202 W Chesterfield Blvd, Ste 200, Springfield, MO 65807
Phone: (417) 881-0881     Fax: (417) 881-0883
OFFICE HOURS:  Mon - Fri 7:30 am - 5:30, Sat - Sun CLOSED, or by appointment.

Shelly Renee Reece, Attorney at Law 
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Family Law, Divorce, Custody, Support, Paternity, Adoption

Whether it is a divorce, child custody, child support, modification, paternity, grandparent rights, adoption, or another family law matter, Reece Family Law, is ready to represent you.  Contact us today to help you in your case.

Divorce Law includes, but not limited to the following issues:

  • Divorce

  • Mediation

  • Legal Separation

  • Alimony / Maintenance / Spouse Support

  • Property / Asset Division

  • Child Support

  • Custody

  • Visitation

  • Modification

  • Paternity

  • Grandparents Rights

  • Debt / Liability Division

  • Taxes

Missouri Revised Statutes - Chapter 452 - Dissolution of Marriage, Divorce, Alimony and Separate Maintenance - Section 452.305

Revised Missouri Statute 452.305 in part states:

1. The court shall enter a judgment of dissolution of marriage if:

(1) The court finds that one of the parties has been a resident of this state, or is a member of the armed services who has been stationed in this state, for ninety days immediately preceding the commencement of the proceeding and that thirty days have elapsed since the filing of the petition; and

(2) The court finds that there remains no reasonable likelihood that the marriage can be preserved and that therefore the marriage is irretrievably broken; and

(3) To the extent it has jurisdiction, the court has considered and made provision for child custody, the support of each child, the maintenance of either spouse and the disposition of property. 

Child Custody Law includes, but not limited to the following issues:

  • Child Custody

  • Modifications

  • Child Support

  • Paternity

  • Visitation

  • Adoption

  • Grandparents Rights

  • DNA Testing

  • Birth Certificate

  • Grandparent Rights

  • Joint / Sole / Physical / Legal / Residential / Third Party Custody

Missouri Revised Statutes - Chapter 452 - Dissolution of Marriage, Divorce, Alimony and Separate Maintenance - Section 452.375

Missouri Statute 452.375 defines custody as:

1. As used in this chapter, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:

(1) "Custody" means joint legal custody, sole legal custody, joint physical custody or sole physical custody or any combination thereof;

(2) "Joint legal custody" means that the parents share the decision-making rights, responsibilities, and authority relating to the health, education and welfare of the child, and, unless allocated, apportioned, or decreed, the parents shall confer with one another in the exercise of decision-making rights, responsibilities, and authority;

(3) "Joint physical custody" means an order awarding each of the parents significant, but not necessarily equal, periods of time during which a child resides with or is under the care and supervision of each of the parents. Joint physical custody shall be shared by the parents in such a way as to assure the child of frequent, continuing and meaningful contact with both parents;

(4) "Third-party custody" means a third party designated as a legal and physical custodian pursuant to subdivision (5) of subsection 5 of this section.

The court shall determine custody in accordance with the best interests of the child. The court shall consider all relevant factors including:

(1) The wishes of the child's parents as to custody and the proposed parenting plan submitted by both parties;

(2) The needs of the child for a frequent, continuing and meaningful relationship with both parents and the ability and willingness of parents to actively perform their functions as mother and father for the needs of the child;

(3) The interaction and interrelationship of the child with parents, siblings, and any other person who may significantly affect the child's best interests;

(4) Which parent is more likely to allow the child frequent, continuing and meaningful contact with the other parent;

(5) The child's adjustment to the child's home, school, and community;

(6) The mental and physical health of all individuals involved, including any history of abuse of any individuals involved. If the court finds that a pattern of domestic violence has occurred, and, if the court also finds that awarding custody to the abusive parent is in the best interest of the child, then the court shall enter written findings of fact and conclusions of law. Custody and visitation rights shall be ordered in a manner that best protects the child and any other child or children for whom the parent has custodial or visitation rights, and the parent or other family or household member who is the victim of domestic violence from any further harm;

(7) The intention of either parent to relocate the principal residence of the child; and

(8) The wishes of a child as to the child's custodian.

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