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New parenting plan problematic for Mel Gibson and some others

14562613_S.jpgMissouri couples who divorce often face many challenges as they negotiate settlements. When a couple has children together, complications easily arise concerning the development of a new parenting plan. A leading causal factor in many divorces is often communication breakdown; therefore, it's easy to see how disagreements regarding how children should be raised and who should financially support them may affect a divorce agreement.  

Many parents who divorce relate to situations where disputes occur over who should have legal custody, meaning, which parent should have authoritative power over important life decisions regarding the children. Sometimes, parents also disagree about physical custody. While the court typically supports shared custody (unless extenuating circumstances show evidence that this would be a detriment) this topic often leads to contentious, lingering courtroom battles when parents disagree.

Celebrities are no strangers to these types of parenting plan problems. Mel Gibson was sentenced to probation after pleading no contest to charges of assault filed by the mother of his infant daughter, and Jon Gosselin, star of popular TV show, "Jon & Kate Plus 8," says he went more than a year without seeing one of his sons because he is only permitted to visit with four of his children at a time and has no control over which four he sees. Halle Berry, on the other hand, was ordered to pay $16,000 per month to support her daughter (born in 2008) until the child reaches age 19. 

It often takes the court quite some time to investigate a particular issue before handing down a decision. Anyone facing parenting plan problems in Missouri may reach out for support from an experienced family law attorney. Someone experienced in child custody situations can help determine how best to proceed to obtain favorable results in court.  

Source: newsday.com, "Celebrity child custody disputes", Ian J. Stark, March 27, 2017

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