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Rolla Child Custody & Support Attorneys

Protecting Your Children’s Best Interests

Few issues are as contentious in divorce as child support and child custody. Even an amicable divorce can be very hard on the children. Because their mom and dad are splitting up, the children may have to move out of the family home or spend far less time there, away from their neighborhood and circle of friends.

If you are faced with a child custody or child support dispute, discuss your situation with an attorney at Thomas, Birdsong, Mills, McBride & Osborne, PC as early in the process as you can. Our attorneys are skilled in negotiation and litigation and know how to protect your best interests and those of your children. You and your children will be living with your divorce decree and family court orders for a long time – make sure they meet your needs.

To get in touch with us, contact us online or call (573) 240-8844.

Promoting the Welfare of Your Children

Missouri law promotes amicable child custody and child support settlements. In our judicial circuit, we have a local rule for establishing temporary child support and visitation. Notice is served to both parents. The nonresidential parent is obliged to pay temporary child support until the divorce is final.

The residential parent is the primary caregiver and is responsible for providing for the children’s daily needs. Both parents are usually granted joint legal custody, which is the authority to make decisions regarding the children’s welfare, including health care, education, and religion. This is because Missouri courts prefer for both parents to have frequent and meaningful time with their children unless one parent is shown to be unfit.

How Child Support Payments Are Determined

Child support in Missouri is granted under a formula referred to as the state child support guidelines. Once permanent custody is established, the court calculates the appropriate child support payment.

When determining child support amounts, the court will consider:

  • Each parent’s income and earning potential
  • The number of children in the family
  • The cost of health insurance and daycare for the children
  • The cost to meet the children’s basic needs, including food, shelter, and clothing

Our Rolla family law attorneys are prepared to assist you with the negotiations and – if necessary – litigation associated with your child support case.

If you have a child support or child custody case on your hands, call Thomas, Birdsong, Mills, McBride & Osborne, P.C. at (573) 240-8844 today.

Client Testimonials

  • “His cross examination was very thorough - and yet fair - to the point that I did not feel the need to testify.”

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  • “Scott was professional, yet approachable.”

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  • “I was represented by David Mills in a civil litigation and was so impressed by his work ethic!”

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  • “David Osborne and the entire firm were so very friendly and helpful.”

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What Makes Our Firm Unique?

  • Strong Reputation

    We have earned a reputation among our colleagues and the courts for excellent trial work.

  • Experienced

    Our knowledgeable attorneys have tried numerous cases in criminal and civil courts.

  • Honest & Ethical

    Our attorneys have a strong moral compass and always have the clients' best interest in mind.

  • Local

    We are local attorneys who care about our community and contribute to many charities.