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Real help for people involved in child custody -- initial determination of custody or change of custody -- or divorce. This listing of individuals, groups, companies, services, organizations and professionals can make a difference today. Just starting or starting over -- this is the place to begin.


Grandparents Winning Custody of Grandchildren: A Grandparent's Story of Success

Neil and Gail Gallagher are winners in the fight to gain custody of your grandchildren. They truly are the voice of the children. Because of their 4 year quest to protect their grandchildren, they know the legal obstacles and challenges you may encounter along the way. They have been through the process and pain and their story and struggles will inspire you to press ahead and never quit in your quest for answers. Gail's book tells her story and includes the legal timeline. In Grandparents Winning Custody Of Grandchildren, you will find the information you need in your quest to rescue your grandchildren.

Win Your Child Custody War  13th Edition  2011   YouTube clip

Over 800 triple-columned pages of vital information about fighting for custody of your children. This book is for parents facing a vicious or dangerous person on the other side. Topics include your child having an attorney of his or her own, who must listen to the child's wishes, admit-deny to pin down the lies once and for all, how to keep your job from losing your child custody case, home study, psychological evaluation, false accusations of child abuse, dealing with real child abuse, Parental Alienation Syndrome, how to turn hearsay into documented evidence, hiring a great attorney and grounds for suing a bad one, the difference between issues and non-issues, how to produce contact logs that will help rather than hurt your case and much more. In most cases the other parent does not win custody you lose custody. This book won't let that happen to you. Information about fathers' rights, mothers' rights, grandparent rights and attorneys. This manual has been on the market longer, and is updated more often, than any other available. Click here to see how parents, grandparents and professionals Praise this manual. For people going through a divorce or the never-married parent. This is not a cheap download. It is an expensive manual. It costs less than 1/2 hour with a good attorney and gives you hundreds and more topics than any other product.  Available at Amazon.com the biggest,  Google the fastest delivery, and PayPal the most popular.

ParentingTime.net is a unique online service that can help you win custody, change custody, or reduce child support. ParentingTime is used every day by thousands of parents and families worldwide. ParentingTime is an online custody calendar that allows you to easily schedule and track parenting time as well as monitor compliance with your custody arrangement. Find out more here, or try the Demo to experience ParentingTime for yourself.

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Parenting at a Distance
Staying in touch with the children who live in your heart but not in your home.

"As a bipolar mother I will never have custody of my children. That is the hardest thing I had to accept. Parenting at a Distance helps me send them activities that will help them remember me with some happy memories. I am getting better and they are getting older. Some day there will be an opportunity for us to sit together. I will tell them how much joy I found in putting together their projects and I hope they will be able to tell me how much they enjoyed my efforts. Really a good book." Meghan Morris --Letter to the publisher

"Parenting at a Distance, has been a great resource for me. At first the mother of my son didn't want to help me communicate with the kids. The fact that I had a plan for contact with them and was consistent won her over. I think she gets as much a kick out of the seeing what will be in the next package as the boys do." Ken Richards --Weekend Fathers Newsletter.


Missouri Coalition Against Domestic Violence

718 East Capitol Avenue, Jefferson City, MO 65101
(573) 634-4161 (voice)        (573) 636-3728 (fax)

Children's Rights Council of Missouri
P.O. Box 220661, Kirkwood, MO 63122

CRC is a national non-profit organization based in Washington, DC that works to assure children meaningful and continuing contact with both their parents and extended family regardless of the parents' marital status.

How To Go To Visitation Without Throwing Up

CRC is a national non-profit organization based in Washington, DC that works to assure children meaningful and continuing contact with both their parents and extended family regardless of the parents' marital status. How To Go To Visitation Without Throwing Up is a book for young children about coping with regular visitation to separate parents, especially long-distance visitation. Written in very simple language arising from the point of view of a young boy who had a hard time adjusting to the stress of traveling back and forth to visit his mother. How To Go To Visitation Without Throwing Up offers more than just a mere advisory text - it has point-by-point observations, travel safety tips, and numerous fun activities to pass the travel time. Click here to see the Table of Contents. How To Go To Visitation Without Throwing Up is highly recommended reading, and a great resource for any parent having to take a child on a long-distance trip to visit friends and relations.  Available at Amazon.com

Men's Rights Association (314) 533-7255
    4188 Sacramento, St Louis, MO 63115

Dear Judge,        Reviews        YouTube clip
This book can reassure parents doing the right things, and has opened the hearts of an angry, self-centered parents, allowing them to put the needs of the children before their own desires. Parents often think they know what is going on in the hearts of their children, and are stunned to discover how much children see, hear and know. Get this book to see how children express their concerns. Give this book to someone who needs to know how the children feel. You will see your children in these letters. The letters are funny, sad, happy, hopeful and amazing. This book is has 190 letters. PayPal   Google

Division of Professional Registration for Psychologists 
Having problems with a licensed professional psychologist? Find out how to handle it. Ask about: Procedures for Receipt and Handling of Complaints of Unprofessional Conduct, Procedures for Disciplinary Proceedings, Procedures for Summary Suspensions, Procedures for Appeals, Procedures for Reinstatement, Procedural Protections in Disciplinary and Licensing Proceedings, Procedures for License Application Review and Denial.  (573) 751-0099

Child Abuse and Neglect Investigations 

After a report of suspected abuse, neglect, or exploitation has been made to the Hotline, the information is referred to the appropriate DFS county office. The law requires that a DFS social worker initiate an investigation within 24 hours of the receipt of the report, unless the incident relates to educational neglect only, in which case an investigation must be initiated within 72 hours. The purpose of the investigation is to detect cases of actual or potential abuse or neglect and to help the family and the child. If the child is reported to be in immediate danger, the social worker must immediately and directly observe the child.  (800) 392-3738 (573) 751-3448

Has a new marriage suddenly thrown step-siblings into the already frenzied mix of your blended family? If so, you’re likely to have your hands full: Managing a bigger family, warding off negative emotions, and making sure all the kids get along. But fear not, help is just a click away in the form of clinical social worker Debra Burrell, who shares her expert tips with Debbie.

Depressive/Manic Depressive Association of Southeast MO 
402 S. Silver Springs Rd., Cape Girardeau, MO 63701   (573) 334-1100 Ext. 212

Complaint Resolution Program MO Bar Association
he Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel, 3335 American Avenue, Jefferson City, MO 65109
    The public should expect lawyers to be competent, diligent, and prompt in their capacity as professionals. Lawyers who do not meet this expectation may be in violation of Missouri's rules of Professional Conduct, enforced under the authority of the Supreme Court of Missouri. The Rules set the legal profession's standards for ethical, professional behavior. Clients or other lawyers who believe a lawyer has behaved unethically or unprofessionally should file a complaint with the Office of the Chief Disciplinary Counsel of the Supreme Court of Missouri.

Mothers Without Custody Email:
P.O. Box 36, Woodstock, IL 60098
    Provides support and information on the national "Mothers Without Custody" and has information for starting support groups dealing with custody related issues. The purpose of Mothers Without Custody is: To enhance the quality of life for our children by strengthening the role of the non-custodial parent in regard to custody, child support, visitation, and parenting. To provide a self-directed network and an outlet for the sharing of experiences for mothers without physical custody of their children for any of the following reasons:

    Voluntary exchange of custody
    Coerced voluntary exchange of custody
    Court rulings
    Child(ren) being abducted by the father
    Child(ren) opting to live with the father
    State intervention

    To educate and inform the public of issues affecting the non-custodial mother and her children in order to dispel biases against children and parents who do not have physical custody. To serve as liaison between organizations and individuals that promote children's health, happiness, and well-being, and that of mothers without custody. To cooperate with local, state, and national officials to further the well-being, health, and happiness of our children. To carry out such lawful association activities as a majority of the board of directors may direct. Pamphlets, books, shirts, informational packets - please call for details! Mother-To-Mother: a 16 page, quarterly support newsletter. $25 annual membership fee.

National Center for Fathering 
    P.O. Box 413888, Kansas City, MO 64141
    Our mission at the National Center for Fathering (NCF) is to inspire and equip men to be better fathers. In response to the dramatic trend toward fatherlessness in America, the Center was founded in 1990 by Dr. Ken Canfield to conduct research on fathers and fathering and to develop practical resources for dads in nearly every fathering situation. 
    (800) 593-DADS

Single Momz
    The site for Single Momz by Single Momz. We know what it's like. Whether you came to single Motherhood by choice or not, you're here and we're glad you've joined us. Our goal is to provide an informative and supportive network where we Single Mothers can share our experiences & knowledge, friendship & caring in support of each other and Single Mothers everywhere. You'll find a variety of topics, ranging from potty training to presidential candidates, child support to career strategies, teenagers to time savers. If you don't find what you need, just ask, we're all Single Momz here, and we're here to help!

Kyle Emmons, Attorney at Law
    306 North College, Columbia, MO 65201

    Columbia attorney serving mid-Missouri in family law matters.   (573) 442-5161

Stone Wall Forensic Audio & Video Services 
Evans and Kitchens Law Office
    P. O. Box 855, Groveton, Texas 75845
    Stone Wall offers a state-of-the-art recording studio owned by practicing attorney offers forensic audio and video services including -- transfer of micro-cassette (answering machine) to cassette tape and compact disk format transfer of cassette tape to compact disk format clean up and enhancement of recorded conversation, including removal of tape hiss, hums, background noises and transcription of conversations preparation of cassette tape and/or compact disk trial exhibits indexing relevant passages/portions of the recorded media video editing for mediation purposes video editing for trial purposes preparation of exhibits for mediation and trial.

    Extensive civil and criminal trial and appellate experience, both alone and as part of legal teams and both as prosecution (plaintiff) and defense, in District Courts in Trinity, Polk, San Jacinto, Walker, Houston, Angelina and surrounding counties including cases ranging from capital murder to forcible entry and detainer, family law, collections, personal injury, products liability, medical malpractice and deed restrictions.

    Numerous video and audio presentations for mediation and trial. References of judges, clients and other attorneys available upon request.
    Stone Wall's Chief Recording Engineer brings over 16 years of recording studio experience in Los Angeles, Houston and Dallas in addition to working with Travis Kitchens in forensic audio the last three years. A detailed resume is available upon request. Reasonable rates and expedited service when necessary.   (936) 642-1818

My Child
    Mother's Rights - is a page dedicated to you, the Mothers, the Women, who care about the children.
    There are hundreds of sites dedicated to Father's Rights Mother's Rights, Women's Rights.
    All of the women.
    Women living with their children
    Women living apart from their children
    Women struggling to keep their families in tact
    Women fighting for custody of their children
    Grandmothers fighting to protect their grand children
    Second wives helping their husband's

    All the children.
    The children of your womb, the children of your heart.
    The children you planned to have
    The children that surprised you
    The children you care for because they need you
    The children you got when you married again
    Don't be left getting tossed around in world with legal systems too busy and too powerful to care about women and children. They say the best way to judge the level of civilization of a society is to observe how they care for their children and women.
    I don't see any societies I would call too civilized. Click here to go to the Great links I have found to be very helpful for women.

National Organization of Women 
1000 16th St. NW #700, WA., DC 20036
    N.O.W. Is an organization of Men and women who support full equality for women in truly equal partnership with men. Check out our Action Alerts and please take action NOW. YOU can make a difference. We have listed a number of other links to feminist resources/sites on the Web that we find very useful. Looking forward to hearing from you and meeting you at one of our actions, events, or meetings. 
    (202) 331-0066

Grands Place
    GrandsPlace is compiling a data base of support groups in each state. If you live in Arkansas and can contact the Department of Aging or any other resource that could send us information on Support Groups for the state....please take the time to do this. It would mean so much to the grandparents and special others searching for support and friends locally.

National Coalition of Free Men
    The Public Hearing Room includes testimony and speeches before public bodies. This material provides excellent examples of how NCFM is representing you. ...And, it demonstrates how you can get involved in the political process in a meaningful way by joining in with NCFM. Publications listed and summarized here are available through the U.S. mail. Topics include effects of language on male behavior, discrimination against men in criminal court and more.

Parents Without Partners
    The problems are many in bringing up our children alone, contending with the emotional conflicts of divorce, never-married, separation or widowhood. PWP Inc. is the only international organization that provides real help in the way of discussions, professional speakers, study groups, publications and social activities for families and adults. Through the exchange of ideas and companionship, we hope to further our common welfare and the well-being of our children.

Alternatives For Anger (816) 753-5118
1701 1/2 Westport Road, Kansas City, MO 641 11
    Teaches individuals to recognize anger, what triggers their anger, how to stop reacting to that anger, how to use their anger to identify needs and wants, and how to respond effectively to their identified needs in ways that are not abusive or violent.

Missouri State Home Page
    Now you can search the Missouri State Government on the Web! Enter the desired search parameters and begin your expedition. (If only Lewis & Clark had this in 1804!)


    Resources for Stepdads:


    Stepfathers on Fatherville.com

    Seven Steps to Being a Better Stepdad

    Stepfathering on About.com

    Stepdad on Fathers.com National Center on Fathering

    TheStepfamilyLifeLinks for Stepdads

A Secretarial Service Inc. 
    PO Box 352, Upper Fairmount, Maryland 21867
    Licensed paralegal providing quality, affordable, professional and accurate paralegal research services to firms, private practice attorneys and the general public in all 50 states. My specialty is family law with a strong emphasis on highly disputed child custody issues. I have a dual BA degree in political science and child psychology from West Liberty State College and have attended the Dusquesne University School of Law but will complete my degree here in Maryland. I have voluntarily completed three law internships and have impeccable references. Please feel free to browse my site and contact me, day or night, via email, fax or phone.  (410) 651-4496

Child Custody Witness Guide for Deposition or in Court
    Essential to giving the testimony you need to give. Critical for the witnesses you are counting on. Important for all types of cases and essential for child custody and divorce cases. You only get one chance to protect your fathers rights, mothers rights or grandparent rights in court. Avoid the tricks and traps of questioning. This books fast easy solution will let you watch the effectiveness of your case skyrocket! This book is 5 1/2" X 9" with more than 230 pages.

Grandparents - Children's Rights of Missouri 
424 East Stanford, Springfield, MO 65807   (417) 862-9862

Parenting at a Distance

As a bipolar mother I will never have custody of my children. That is the hardest thing I had to accept. Parenting at a Distance helps me send them activities that will help them remember me with some happy memories. I am getting better and they are getting older. Some day there will be an opportunity for us to sit together. I will tell them how much joy I found in putting together their projects and I hope they will be able to tell me how much they enjoyed my efforts. Really a good book. Meghan Morris --Letter to the publisher

Parenting at a Distance, has been a great resource for me. At first the mother of my son didn't want to help me communicate with the kids. The fact that I had a plan for contact with them and was consistent won her over. I think she gets as much a kick out of the seeing what will be in the next package as the boys do. Ken Richards --Weekend Fathers Newsletter Product Description
When the children in your heart don't live in your home, Parenting at a Distance offers you interesting ways to stay in touch and keep the lines of communication open.

Missouri Council on Problem Gambling Concerns, Inc. 

5128 Brookside Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64112-2736
    We can provide you with: Helpline services; public awareness programs through educational presentations to the community and professionals; responsible gaming policies to the gaming industry, and information services on problem and compulsive gambling.                                      (816) 531-7133 (816) 861-5087

Child Custody Case Management Forms 
    2010 Edition. Chapters include forms that will help you 'Get a Handle on Your Situation', deal with 'The Professionals', institute and maintain control, 'Case management', and give you 'Examples of Legal Forms'. Fathers Rights and Mothers Rights groups encourage dads and moms to use the 'Incident Report Forms' and an observer to defuse potentially explosive confrontations. The 'Condition of the Child Form' is excellent for creating a paper trail to prove real charges or disprove false abuse charges. Other forms include Contact Problem and Incident List, Evidence to Disprove Statements, Equipment & Service Options, Witness Practice - Review, Evaluating the professionals, Authorization for Child’s Medical Care, Temporary Delegation of Parental Authority, Trip Permission. Essential to the effective management of the most important event in your life. The control you gain and maintain can help with child custody or divorce. This book is 8 1/2" X 11" and contains more than 320 examples and forms. Available at Amazon.com This manual has been on the market longer and is updated more often than any other available.

Comprehensive Psychiatric Services MO Statewide Parent Advisory Network 
440A Rue St., Francois Florissant, MO 63031  (314) 972-0600

Bi-U and for You 

Route 1 Box 265F, Sedalia, MO 65301
Support group for depression.   (816) 826-6414

Alter Services, Inc. 
3100 Broadway, Suite 218, Kansas City, MO 641 11
    Penn Valley Counseling Group that offers private counseling and specializes in therapy services to children and their families. Provides both in-office and in-home counseling for a wide variety of client problems and issues.  (816) 753-1881

Killers & Boosters for Child Custody Cases 
    (Attitude Adjustment for Child Custody Case Litigants)

    Advice is usually given by people without the real information or life experience, with the right intention at the wrong time. With this book you can take advice when you want it and ready to hear it. You can act on what you have learned, mull it over or discard the advice altogether without interference. This book will not allow you to give the opposition power you might imagine but that they do not really have or let you allow others to diminish the importance you play in your children's lives. Divorce is never easy, this will help. This book has been called 'Chicken Soup' for the Child Custody Case. It will help a lot and it certainly can't hurt. This book is 5 1/2" X 9" and has more than 1,700 entries. Click here to see more about the book.  

Marriage Encounter
    Assemblies of God Marriage Encounter
    Baptist Marriage Encounter
    Episcopal Marriage Encounter
    Jewish Marriage Enhancement
    International Lutheran Marriage Encounter
    Methodist Marriage Encounter
    Roman Catholic Marriage Encounter
    Seventh-Day Adventist Marriage Encounter
    United Church of Christ Marriage Encounter
    Interfaith Marriage Encounter Circle

    Marriage Encounter, is a weekend away from home, family and responsibilities where in a comfortable, secluded environment a couple is guided in the discovery of new techniques of communicating and sharing with one another. It is not a retreat, but it is a program designed to give couples the opportunity to examine their lives together, their weaknesses and strong points, their attitudes toward each other and toward their families. Couples are given the opportunity to look at themselves, privately with their partner in an honest, face-to-face, heart-to-heart encounter.

    Engaged Encounter, is a weekend experience designed to help couples prepare personally and as a couple for marriage. The focus is on the marriage, not on the wedding. "A wedding is a day ... a marriage is a lifetime." Couples are shown communication and decision-making techniques they can use throughout their lifetime together. Engaged Encounter is specifically designed for quiet reflection and discussion by each couple. It is a positive, simple, common-sense experience between two people who are either seriously considering engagement, engaged or recently married. At no time will the couple be asked to share their private experiences with the group.

Missouri Coalition of Alliance for the Mentally Ill 
204 East High Street, Jefferson City, MO 65101-3260
    The NAMI Consumer and Family Guide to Schizophrenia Treatment1 gives patients and families information about treatment that has been shown to work. While other interventions may also be helpful, an extensive body of research, analyzed by leading experts in schizophrenia, shows that the treatments and services. The first step in identifying the best treatment for you or your loved one is getting the right diagnosis. These treatment recommendations presume an accurate diagnosis of schizophrenia. 
    (800) 374-2138 or (314) 634-7727

NO BULLY website
    This site is part of the Telecom/Police STOP BULLYING Campaign. Spot and Bo are here to show you around the site. You can hang out with Bo and his friends and play the No Bully game, and he's got lots of other useful stuff for kids. Spot can help you to find out about support services in your community and ways that adults can help kids to deal with bullying.

    This site originates in New Zealand but addresses a world wide problem. Telecom is the major sponsor of Police programs which help young New Zealanders to avoid becoming offenders or victims of crime. The programs encourage children and young people to act safely and confidently to protect themselves and their property, and avoid drug abuse. Telecom supports the Police because we recognize it is the responsibility of all New Zealanders to allow our children and young people to grow up in a safe and healthy environment.

IRS Forms & Publications
    The latest IRS publications and forms with instructions for download in the various formats.

Child Support Enforcement
227 Metro Drive, P.O. Box 1527
Jefferson City, MO 65102-1527
(314) 751-4301  or  (800) 859-7999
    Child Support Guidelines are based as a percentage of the parent who will pay the support's disposable (net) income. These numbers are only estimates.
    Number of Children In Support Order

    1 = 20%
    2 = 25%
    3 = 30%
    4 = 35%
    5 = 40%
    6 = 45%

Missouri State Bar Association
326 Monroe, Jefferson City, MO 65102
    I take special pleasure in inviting the public to explore The Missouri Bar Home Page. I hope that those of you who aren't in the legal profession take some time to learn about the state bar and its resources that help the public. Much of the information has been compiled just for you. The bar's series of public information topics, which includes more than 50 topics, covers everything from how to find a lawyer to family legal issues such as adoption, divorce, wills and probate. (for attorney referrals) (314) 635-4128


Legal Aid Attorneys:

Mid-Missouri Legal Services Corporation (314) 442-0116

    Located in Columbia and serving Buchanan County

Legal Aid of Southwest Missouri 

    Located in Springfield and serving Greene county and 18 rural counties in southwest Missouri.    (417) 862-1100

Volunteer Attorney Project 
    Located in Kansas City serving the counties of Clay, Jackson and Platte.  (816) 421-8020

Mark Twain Legal Services, Inc.
    Located in Canton serving the counties of Adair, Clark, Knox, Lewis, Lincoln, Macon, Marion, Monroe, Montgomery, Pike, Ralls, Randolph, Schuyler, Scotland, Shelby, and Warren.                   (314) 288-5643

St. Louis Volunteer Lawyers' Program
    Serving St. Louis, and the counties of St. Charles, Jefferson, Warren, Franklin, Washington; a judicare program serving 14 counties in northeastern Missouri.   (314) 454-6940

Missouri Revised Statutes
    Chapter 451 Marriage, Marriage Contracts, and Rights of Married Women
    Chapter 452 Dissolution of Marriage, Divorce, Alimony and Separate Maintenance
    Chapter 453 Adoption and Foster Care
    Chapter 454 Enforcement of Support Law
    Chapter 455 Abuse--Adults and Children--Shelters and Protective Orders


Strange Law

St. Louis Office   (314) 219-1865  
1750 S. Brentwood Blvd. Suite 401, St. Louis, Missouri 63144

St. Charles Office    (636) 674-8118
1360 S. Fifth St. Suite 365, St. Charles, Missouri 63301

Jefferson County Office  (636) 333-0396
16 Municipal Dr. Suite C, Arnold, MO 63010

St. Clair County Office    (618) 505-4643
115 Lincoln Place Court Suite 101, Belleville, Illinois, 62221

Over the past few years there has been a shift in custody agreements from just including who gets the kids for the holidays, to what the children's religious upbringing will entail. And while some of these are not as detailed and just include information regarding what religion the children will be raised, others give very specific information regarding religious education and how certain rites of passage will be handled, like a confirmation or a bar mitzvah.

In Missouri, these details are often laid out in a parenting plan, which is a requirement for any parents who have filed documents related to visitation or child custody.


New Grandparents Rights

Promotes awareness of Grandfamilies: grandparents raising grandchildren and other relatives raising children, and how to help meet the needs of these Grandfamilies.

If you would like to read the latest data here is the link to the Census data.

US Census Bureau

AARP Foundation Grandparenting



www.aarp.org/families/grandparents/gic/gic_pubs.html Free Report

Kinship Care Program Information

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: Report

Kinship Care Research center

American Bar Association Kinship Care Legal Research Center

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