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DO STEPPARENTS HAVE ANY RIGHTS TO THE CHILDREN?

Posted: June 17, 2017

In Missouri, a stepparent’s ability to make decisions on behalf of a stepchild is quite limited.

Unless a stepparent legally adopts a stepchild, he or she do not have a legal right to make legal and medical decisions on behalf of their stepchild. In addition, stepparents have no right to make a decision regarding what school the stepchild attends. Alas, the decisions and opinions of any stepparent cannot overrule the rights of a biological parent or guardian to make choices on behalf of their children.

However, a stepparent owes a stepchild the same “duty of care” in their home as with any child who is visiting or staying on the premises. But in the event of an emergency situation that occurs in the stepparent’s home, he or she still cannot give legal authorization for medical treatment of a stepchild without the biological parent(s) or legal guardian(s)’ consent.


WHAT TO DO WHEN THE OTHER PARENT ISN'T PAYING CHILD SUPPORT

Posted: May 22, 2017

In Missouri, child support is meant to financially provide for the basic care (e.g. shelter, food, clothing, education) and medical support (insurance premiums and out-of-pocket costs) of children. Unfortunately, child support disputes often lead to the paying parent cutting off support payments. So what can receiving parents do to enforce child support?

The Missouri Department of Social Services is a state agency which serves the state citizens and within it is a separate unit known as the Family Support Division (FSD). The FSD’s purpose is to enforce state and federal child support laws.

The FSD uses its administrative process to do:


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