Child Abuse: Mandated Reporters

Some of us are mandated reporters, including all sorts of professionals responsible for the care of children. Sometimes mandated reporters need guidelines. The Children’s Division of the Missouri Department of Social Services publishes a useful handbook, Guidelines for Mandated Reporters of Child Abuse and Neglect.

Greene County Domestic Relations Unit

The Family Court Division of the Circuit Court of Greene County maintains a Domestic Relations Unit. The Domestic Relations Unit publishes a quarterly newsletter. The July 2016 edition is here. Domestic relations officers sometimes sit in the courtroom to offer services related to the proceedings. Domestic relations officers sometimes meet with the attorneys to gather information to brief the commissioner on the status of the case before the attorneys brief the commissioner, in order to minimize the time in the courtroom for each case.


In Your Child’s Best Interest

The Missouri Office of State Courts Administrator publishes a guide for parents involved in custody/divorce litigation. A free copy is available here.

Parent Handbook

Children’s Interests: An Annotated Bibliography, 2013-2015

A professor of mine when I was in law school, Nancy Levit, published this past fall in the Journal of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, “Children’s Interests: An Annotated Bibliography, 2013-2015,” a bibliography of law review articles. The bibliography itself reads something like a dictionary, but it is a useful tool to find resources for recent scholarly work on various topics relevant to family court practice.

Domestic Violence and the Law

Latest Missouri Family Law Appellate Opinions

Domestic Violence Shelters

I can almost always have more success in court if a domestic_violence2victim of violence takes steps to protect him/herself and any children.

If you are a victim of domestic violence in need of a place to go, here is a list of facilities that provide emergency shelter service:

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