Asked in Divorce, Family Law and Child Custody for Missouri

Q: Who is the custodial parent?

We did a Pro Se divorce in Missouri earlier this year. We have joint physical and legal custody. The kids are with me 1 week and him the next. The address for school and as their residents is mine. So I am wondering who is considered the custodial parent those words are not used in the divorce papers anywhere

1 Lawyer Answer
Caroline Bundy
Caroline Bundy
  • Licensed in Missouri

A: Correct, states like Missouri and Kansas don't list a parent as the "custodial" parent; they say that one parent's residence will be used for mailing and educational purposes. Neither parent is the custodial parent since you have joint legal and physical custody, but there is one parent's whose address is used for mailing and educational purposes, which sounds to be yours.

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