James Piedimonte is one of the most experienced family law attorneys in Jackson County with over 35 years experience in child custody and divorce litigations. This experience gives him extensive knowledge of judges, attorneys, and the court system.
"I engaged the services of James Piedimonte to help me with a modification of child custody and support. He listened and explained the process to me, taking into consideration my needs, wants and made recommendations based on his experience with the judge and court. The rates were very reasonable, they had prompt communication, and I was able to do most of the subsequent communication through email. His staff is responsive and empathetic. He has an extensive knowledge of Jackson County, Missouri and other local attorneys. I would highly recommend his services for any domestic legal needs. A+"- Shay (former client).
Family law is the name given to the branch of civil law that covers the legal relationships among family members, including husbands, wives, parents, children, and domestic partners. Family law relationships encompass adoption, child custody, visitation rights, domestic violence, divorce, juvenile dependency and delinquency, marital property rights, support obligations, and paternity.
Many divorces, modifications and paternity suits involve child custody. Child custody refers to custodial awards or determinations involving a minor child. These determinations involve who has the right to make decisions about the child, or legal custody, including decisions about education, religion, medical issues, and discipline, as well as where the child will live, or physical custody. With sole custody, you alone have legal and physical custody of your child. In a joint custody arrangement, you and your ex-spouse share legal and/or physical custody of the child. If you and your spouse cannot agree on a custody arrangement, a court will likely make a child custody decision based on the best interests of your child.
Main Office for James R. Piedimonte
209 South Spring Street
Independence, MO 64050
An hour with an experienced attorney to answer all your legal questions for $100.
8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Mon-Thurs
Paternity disputes arise when there is an issue as to the identity of the biological father and establishing parental rights and responsbilities with the Courts.
Under these circumstances, it may be necessary to have the parties undergo blood testing or DNA testing to determine the actual father. It is important to understand that in these cases the Courts are convinced that the rights and future of the child are paramount. Paternity typically revolves around the following issues:
Establishing paternity through medical testing if
Resolving custody issues while determining what is best
for the child.
Establishing visitation and temporary custody.
Establishing child support payments.
Costs of birthing and raising the child, including medical
expenses and medical insurance must be addressed.
James Piedimonte can assist you in any type of paternity dispute, whether you are the father or the mother. If you want to enforce your rights or you must defend yourself against an administrative hearing. If you have any questions, or if you would like to speak with James Piedimonte regarding your paternity dispute, please do not hesitate to call his office for an appointment.
I am a family lawyer representing family needs. Ninety-eight percent of my practice is family law, which includes, divorce, custody, paternity, child support and visitation. I believe that clients should be aware of all the alternatives. I also do mediation and collaborative law.
I have been practicing family law for over 35 years. I have been a family law mediator for over 30 years. I also do collaborative law. This training enables me to offer several alternative dispute resolutions. My training enables me to settle most conflicts, however, I am always prepared to take my client's case to trial.
My focus is only on family law. Our experience and professional staff is able to process cases more efficiently, in less time, costing you less money.
Hometown: Independence Missouri
Education and Degrees:
1981-1983 University of Missouri at Kansas City, Missouri; Juris Doctorate.
1978-1981 Graceland College, Lamoni Iowa; Bachelor of Arts in Political Science/History.
1977 Pembroke-Country Day School in Kansas City, Missouri; High School Diploma
2009 Mediator Strategies to Build Participant Staying Power. 7th Circuit Office of Dispute Resolution Services Advanced Mediation Training. Kathleen Bird. Clay County Familly Court, Liberty Missouri.
2008 Victim Offender Dialogue Training. Association of Missouri Mediators. Charlene Berquist, Kathleen Bird, Heather Blades, Sandee Gamet, Diane Kyser, Paul Ladehoff. University of Missouri Law School, Columbia, Missouri.
2008 "Sifting Through the Chaos: Pitfalls and Possibilities in Mediation." Sharon Lowenstein, Terri Clinton DIschiser, Martha Halvordson, Stephanie Sloggett-O'Dell, Robert Benjamin. Heartland Mediators Association, KU Edwards Campus, O.P., KS.
2007 Nov. Specialized Guardian Ad Litem Training in Missouri Juvenile and Family Court Matters. Missouri Bar.
2007 Interdisciplinary Collaborative Law Training with Susan Gamanche and Diane Diel, Collaborative Law Institute of Missouri, O.P., KS.
2007 Proactive Skills for Mediators, Heartland Regional Conference of Mediators, KU Renents Center, O.P., KS.
2007 Collaborative Law training Chip Rose Instructor offered by the Collaborative Law Institute of Missouri.
2007 Advanced Guardian Ad Litem Training, Missouri Bar.
2006 Advanced Guardian Ad Litem Training, Clay County Bar Association, North Kansas City, MO.
2000 Advanced Family Law Mediation Training, Robert Benjamin-instructor, Kansas City, MO.
1998 Mediation Training of Business, Family and Divorce Conflict, Robert Benjamin-Instructor, Washington University, St. Louis, MO.
1998 Guardian Ad Litem Training, MO Bar, Jefferson City, MO.
1991 Family Law Mediation, KCMBA office, Kansas City MO.
Member of the Missouri Bar Association since 1983.
Western District of the Federal Bar Association since 1983.
Supreme Court of the United States Bar Association since 1986.
Kansas City, Missouri Bar Association since 1983;
Eastern Jackson County Bar Association since 1983
Clay County Bar Association since 2006.
Member Heartland Mediators Association
Member of Association of Missouri Mediators
Member of Collaborative Law Institute of Missouri
Member of the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR).
Jackson County Family Court Child Custody Mediator Panel.
Clay County Family Court Child Custody Mediator Panel.
Member Rule 17 list of Dispute Resolution Neutrals of Missouri Bar.
Member of Mediator Panel of Kansas City Bar Association
Member Kansas City Bar Association Family Law Committee.
Member of the National Organization of Social Security Claims Representatives (NOSSCR).
Member of Panel of Attorneys for Union Plus Legal Services for AFL-CIO's and other affiliated labor unions.
Member of Panel of Attorneys for ARAG North America Inc.
Chairman of Panel of Attorneys for Hope House Shelter for Battered Women 1983 to 1989.
Advisory Board to Salvation Army in Independence, Missouri 1985-1988.
Advisory Board to Vatterott College in Independence, Missouri 1986-1989.
Adjunct Professor at Park University teaching master degree program in Evaluation and Study of Not-for-Profit Corporations 2000-2001.
Missouri Lawyer Status
James Piedimonte is a member in good standing with the Missouri Bar. He has a B.V. Rating with Martindale & Hubble. James is fully insured through the Missouri Bar Plan.
University of Missouri at Kansas City