Missouri is trying to ensure that progress continues to be made when it comes to families that reside within the state. A new bill, which supporters hope will soon be made a law, revolves around how courts handle child custody. Currently, it is not against the norm for one parent to have more custody than the other, but many parents insist such policy is unfair.
Life is unpredictable, and sometimes, a parent can face a situation or set of circumstances in which he or she is at risk for losing custody of his or her children. When this happens, parents may become discouraged quickly, because it can often take a long time to regain child custody. A Missouri parent may feel as if there is little chance he or she will be able to jump through all the hoops necessary to get his or her children back, especially if the parent is struggling with another issue, such as being unemployed, facing addiction, or not having a safe and stable home environment for a child.
Many Missouri families may have personal experience dealing with a court situation involving children. Child custody proceedings can take a toll on any parent. Recently, an NFL star finds himself facing just such a dilemma.
Missouri parents who are estranged from their spouses understand how challenging life can get regarding their children. Especially if there is no existing court-approved plan in place for child custody, things can get rather complicated quickly, particularly if parents disagree about what's best for their kids. Actor Channing Tatum has been learning what it's like to be a single father and says he believes a set schedule for custody would be better for his 5-year-old daughter.
Many Missouri parents encounter challenges regarding situations related to their children. In circumstances where parents are divorced or sharing child custody as parents who were never married, such problems can really get out of hand if one of the parents involved refuses to play by the rules. If the court has issued orders regarding custody, visitation or support, both parents must adhere to the terms unless and until the judge overseeing the case modifies the order.
Missouri parents would probably attest that they want the very best for their children. In situations where a court has put a custody order in place, it is no longer up to a parent to decide where a child primarily lives. Even if there is reason for a parent to think that a child would be better off living with himself or herself, instead of another party specified by the order, any changes must be made through a legal modification of child custody.
For many Missouri grandparents, the thought of raising young children again may seem overwhelming. Unfortunately, the nation is in the grips of a drug epidemic that continues to affect hundreds of children each day. Many parents struggling with addiction are unable to care for their children, promoting grandparents to pursue a change in child custody.
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.
Missouri 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.
For 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.