Child custody battles in Missouri can be a real headache. Especially, when one parent is financially more well-off than the other. While money will not necessarily give them the upper hand in the courtroom, it does mean that with money not being an issue, this parent can continue to appeal rulings and drag the case out in court.
Issues surrounding child custody are understandably very emotional for parents. In some cases, one parent may not agree with the child custody arrangement being enforced by the courts and wish to take matters into their own hands. However, while this may be tempting it is important to remember the arrangements have been set forth for very specific reasons and going outside of these arrangements could end up resulting in criminal charges.
For many Missouri fathers, adjusting to life after a divorce can be difficult. This is especially for dads who have to figure out how to connect with their kids if they have shared custody or perhaps only limited visitation rights.
For the past 15 years the state of Missouri has required parents to submit parenting plans anytime documents are filed with the courts related to child custody and visitation. The point of these parenting plans is to create a stable environment for children whose parents are no longer living together.
In the past we have posted about the increasing role social media is playing in divorces. However, outside of things like Facebook being used to try and paint one parent in a negative light or prove infidelity, parents who are going through a divorce are increasingly being encouraged to establish rules regarding how images of the children can be used on social media sites. These rules should be included in the child custody agreement.
In a new report titled "Rocking the Cradle: Ensuring the Rights of Parents with Disabilities and Their Children" by the National Council on Disability, an independent federal agency, parents with disabilities continue to face bias and difficulties in retaining and often gaining custody of their very own children. The report states that this outcome is completely contrary to the intent of the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act and the strides that such an Act has made in the years since implementation.
With it being smack in the middle of the holiday season, it's important to recognize the fact that divorce around the holidays can be particularly hard on fathers, especially if this is the first year the kids are with an ex-wife. However, simply understanding that this is normal can go a long ways in helping everyone during this adjustment period.
In Missouri, father's rights with respect to their children can become vulnerable during the divorce process. However, while it used to be that the court system favored mothers, many courts are now considering other alternatives to better involve fathers, including physical and legal custody, along with joint custody that revolves around co-parenting.