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Father begs for help in child custody case

Missouri parents need only to peruse a daily newspaper or swipe through the day's headlines online to realize that, in America, dads are winning. In decades past, it was considered the norm for a mother to be awarded physical custody of a child, often through no particular merit of her own. These days, fathers across the nation are fighting for their rights, and their children, and winning child custody cases. 

One Missouri father was awarded custody of his young son after it was discovered that the child had illegal drugs in his system while living with the mother. The court agreed that the father could provide a safe, stable environment for the boy. The mother was granted visitation rights, allowing the boy to maintain contact with her. 

Missing boy may be in center of child custody dispute

Missouri parents surely do their best to make sure the needs of their children are met. Sometimes, whether due to the poor choices of a parent, or circumstances beyond a parent's control, child protective authorities may feel some action is warranted to protect a child. While this may be a difficult situation for a family to face, parents should be aware that child custody is a legal matter, and if they do not comply, they may face serious consequences. 

Recently, the Missouri Division of Children's Services looked into the home life of a 13-year-old boy. Though it was not disclosed what concerns initiated the investigation, it was determined that the state would take custody of the boy. When social workers returned to the home to take custody of him, they discovered he was missing. 

Family law can help children find home for the holidays

The leftover turkey is probably long gone, and many Missouri residents have probably set their sights on upcoming December holidays, but November still holds a few festivities. November is National Adoption Month, and many communities across the state aim to educate and celebrate. Adoption is a matter of family law, and many children dream of finding a forever family with the help of the court. 

Recently, one community offered a movie night, free of cost, to local residents. The film "Instant Family" was shown to attendees, and afterwards, people could enjoy refreshments and mingle with their neighbors as they learned about the need for adoptive families in Missouri. Information on foster care was also made available. 

Tips for coping with child custody matters during the holidays

64888685_S.jpgMissouri parents may be among those who assumed the stressful part was behind them when their divorce and custody matters were finally resolved in court. Many parents do not consider that the holiday season can quickly become an emotional burden on their families. The holidays are generally viewed as a time to gather with family and friends, but for those who have experienced a recent change in child custody, it may be difficult to approach the holiday season. 

Fortunately, experts offer a few tips to make the holiday season a bit less stressful. They advise that even though a parent may be upset by the fact that a child may not be around on a certain holiday, the parent should focus on the positives. Parents are encouraged to think of other ways to spend their time without their children. A shopping trip or a lunch date with a friend can help pass the time. 

Boy missing in case regarding custody rights

54482756_S.jpgMissouri parents may personally know the stress that may arise when one parent disagrees with an arrangement regarding a child. It is important to be aware that, once an order has been put in place regarding custody rights, neither party can change the arrangement without utilizing the legal process. Recently, a Missouri child has gone missing, and authorities think they know who took him.

The 4-year-old Missouri boy resides with his father, who has full custody of the child. The mother of the boy allegedly took him from his home and is on the run with the child. Police state she is refusing to return him to his father's home, despite a court order prohibiting such an action.

Child support enforcement penalties may soon change

51562060_S.jpgMissouri parents may be looking forward to the holiday season, which is quickly approaching once again. Though there is much to look forward to, the holiday season can also become costly. Many families pay for special meals, travel expenses and gifts for loved ones. Though certainly enjoyable, parents need to be sure they set aside enough money to cover their regular financial obligations like child support

Currently, a parent who falls behind in child support payments may be subject to penalty, and one current punishment for non-payment utilized by the state is suspension of a driver's license. If a parent who is not up to date on payments loses his or her ability to drive, he or she may lose his or her job or be unable to meet scheduled appointments. A parent who is behind on child support may also have a professional license suspended. 

Loss of child custody can be an emotional experience for parents

46736937_S.jpgFor many Missouri parents, it would be difficult to admit that another parent or family member is better equipped to raise his or her children. While certainly, the best interests of a child must come first, a parent who finds him- or herself on the losing end of a child custody dispute can face emotional pain. One mother has recently opened up about what it feels like to lose child custody.

The woman has three biological children. Before having her third child, she came to the painful decision that the father of her two boys was more capable of caring for them than she was herself. She reasoned that he had a stable job and a large extended family, and that the boys would be well taken care of. She later regretted having missed so many milestones as her sons grew up. 

The challenges of a high asset divorce from a narcissist

18221832_S.jpgIt can be challenging enough to break away from a marriage in which the other party is a narcissist. They tend to view themselves as the victim under these circumstances. This could make a high asset divorce from someone with this personality type even more of a challenge than being married to one.

Most narcissists, whether they live here in Missouri or elsewhere, refuse to be cooperative. They tend to ignore the other party's points of view and do not want to compromise. They tend to lash out whenever possible, especially in private.

A surrogacy agreement may be the way to go in 2018

101804065_S.jpgMany Missouri couples may find themselves struggling to find a way to have children of their own. In decades past, the alternatives may have seemed limited, but in today's world, there are many options. One of these options is called a surrogacy agreement.

In recent years, several celebrities have attempted to help change the stigma that was once attached to surrogacy. It used to be believed by many that women who offered their services to carry a child were doing so for the money in an attempt to relieve personal financial woes. Quite to the contrary, it has now been shown that one's financial status shouldn't always determine her ability or willingness to be an adequate surrogate.

Prenuptial agreement can be the first step to a lasting marriage

44969608_S.jpgMarriage is looked upon as the beginning of a wonderful journey that a couple will share for the rest of their lives in Missouri. The reality is that almost half of all marriages end in divorce. People enter into it promise to share worldly goods, support each other and care for each other in sickness and health. Divorce can change this perspective, particularly where worldly goods are concerned. Having a prenuptial agreement can simplify property division.

Having a prenuptial agreement may even reduce the chance of divorce. In addition to financial concerns, another cause for a marriage ending is a lack of communication. Establishing clear lines of communication needed to create a prenuptial agreement can help forge skills that can last a lifetime.

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