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Who gets custody of the children’s clothes?

By Paule, Camazine & Blumenthal, P.C. of Paule, Camazine & Blumenthal, P.C. posted in Divorce on Wednesday, October 12, 2011.

By Kathryn Dudley

In my experience in St. Charles County family law custody cases, an issue which comes up with surprising frequency is who has to provide clothing for the children.  One parent (typically the one paying child support) often feels that the other parent should provide all clothing for the children, and there may be a legal basis for this.  However, this is an issue is which a parent must put aside his or her own feelings and focus on the needs of the kids.  No matter how the parents feel, kids do not want to transport bags back and forth, they want “their” items with them in each location they call “home.”   My advice for parents is to provide a full set of clothing for the kids at your home to avoid this issue – it makes the children happier and gives them a sense of stability/belonging rather than a feeling of living out of a suitcase.


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Kathryn L. Dudley
Since The Firm's inception in 1994, St. Louis attorney Kathryn L. Dudley has practiced domestic relations and family law at The Firm. With skill in trial preparation and a common sense approach to complex matters, Ms. Dudley's qualities make her both approachable and professional with her clients. In 2008, she was named a “Rising Star” by the Missouri-Kansas Super Lawyers Publication.

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