MO lawmakers change the way you get divorce

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - There are some changes in the way you get a divorce in Missouri.

Lawmakers weighed in on several issues this past legislative session.

Jonathan Marks with the Marks Law Firm is here with a Fox 2 Follow-Up.

One of the many changes is a statute defining legal and physical custody and how the court role in that decision. The new law would only impose that burden on the court when the parties have not reached an agreement.

The court must issue written findings of fact and conclusions of law stating the basis for the custody decision. When the parties do agree on custody, the court still has a responsibility to review and determine if it is in the best interests of the child. It also includes language regarding non discrimination between parents in making a custody decision.

Another change focuses on custodial interference, which requires repercussions if one parent interferes in custody without good cause.

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