Child custody needs to be determined whenever a separation of the parents occurs. If you and the other parent separate amicably, you and the other parent can agree on a parenting plan which details the period of time you and the other parent has custody of your child. But if you and the other parent cannot agree on a parenting plan, the court will have to decide on a parenting plan that is based on the best interest of your child. This aspect of Missouri and Kansas family law can be very complicated and is ever evolving. Therefore it is essential that you speak with an experienced child custody attorney. Give our office a call to discuss your child custody matter.