Until about 20 years ago, in Missouri domestic court proceedings such as Dissolution of Marriage and Paternity cases, only the natural parents of a child could be awarded the custody of a child when that issue comes before a judge.  Up until the year 2000 the only exception that existed was the circumstance where both parents were determined to be “unfit” or “unwilling” to provide care for the child.  For example if both parents were abusing  or neglecting the child.  Under the historic rules up until less than 20 years ago in these type of proceedings, domestic relation courts were governed by the same rulesRead More →