Christen D. Shepherd Law Office 
204 W Linwood Blvd 
Kansas City, MO 64111 
Phone: 816-842-4445 
Fax: 816-221-4446 

Divorce and Annulments
Uncontested Divorce
Spousal Support/Maintenance
Child Support
Custody and Visitation
Adoption and Guardianships
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Orders of Protection

Kansas City Custody Lawyer


divorce or separation is never easy, but matters can become particularly tense when children are involved. It is important to have an advocate on your side who can explain your legal options and preserve your rights.

As an experienced Kansas City custody attorney, I am well versed in family law. When you retain my services, I will provide you with compassionate counsel and practical solutions that work for the entire family.

Achieving Your Custody and Visitation Goals

There can be nothing more important than the health, happiness and well-being of your child. You want assurance that his or her needs will be met. For many parents, this assurance comes in the form of a custody and visitation (parenting time) agreement.

In the state of Missouri, custody has two components:

1. Legal: This gives you the right to make major life decisions for your child, including where he or she attends school and the type of healthcare he or she receives.

2. Physical: This determines with whom your child resides and spends the majority of his or her time. Physical custody is often laid out in a parenting plan.

Many individuals believe the law favors awarding custody to a mother. This is not true. Almost all courts will operate under the presumption that joint custody is in the best interest of your child. Given these facts, it is usually to your advantage to settle matters outside of court. Doing so can help establish a more amicable relationship with your spouse — a person with whom you must cooperate until your child is no longer a minor.

Seek Assistance From a Clay County Visitation Attorney
I am dedicated to protecting your rights as a parent. Whether your case can be resolved through mediation or must be settled through trial, I will strive to see that your goals are met. I work hard to help you find viable options for healthy and meaningful sharing of parenting time.

Contact my law firm today at 816-842-4445 to discuss your family law matter.
I offer free initial consultations by phone and evening and weekend hours by appointment.

Areas We Serve
Christen D. Shepherd Law Office in Kansas City, Missouri represents individuals and families in  
North Kansas City, Independence, Lee's Summit, Raymore, Pleasant Hill, Oak Grove, Grain Valley, Blue Springs, Grandview, Harrisonville, Belton, Platte City, Weston, Parkville, Liberty, Excelsior Springs, Lexington, Richmond and Kearney, located within Jackson County, Clay County, Platte County and Johnson County. 

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