Get ready to deck those halls, Missouri, the holidays have arrived. This time of year can be extra busy, and even when lots of fun is on the calendar, tension between divorced parents may have kids stuck in the middle feeling a bit grinchy. It is natural for parents that split custody to worry that a child may miss out on holiday fun if they are with the other parent, but experts advise that feuding families without a set parenting plan can make a child go from "ho ho ho" to "ho hum."
Missouri families are looking forward to the holiday season, which is fast approaching. While many look forward to time-tested recipes, activities and customs, sometimes the modern family is anything but traditional. When it comes to child custody, families may want to make sure that their parenting plan is focused on the children.
Missouri parents have overcome the stress of "back to school" and now set the sights on the upcoming holidays. Traditionally, late autumn and early winter are times for celebration, often welcomed by family gatherings, special dinners and decorations. Especially for households with children, the coming months will be a time filled with joy and wonder. Though it may be tempting for a parent to want to spend every moment with his or her children, parents can find themselves in big trouble if they attempt a modification of child custody outside the legal proceedings necessary to do so.
Many Missouri families may remember the Gosselin kids, a set each of twins and sextuplets, and their parents, John and Kate, from a reality show that was popular years ago. When the show was on the air, viewers tuned in to watch the family, with eight small children at the time, attempt to manage daily life. Though for years, the Gosselins may have seemed like the perfect family, there is truly no such thing, and catching up with the family members today provides a unique perspective on physical custody.
The state of Missouri takes the well-being of children seriously. Indeed, parents often find themselves stressed out and exhausted from dealing with daily life. Sometimes a parent is simply unable to properly care for a child, and family members may struggle when deciding if they should take legal action regarding child custody.
Millions of Americans now struggle with drug addiction, and Missouri is no exception. Methamphetamine is one of the most dangerous drugs around, as users often get hooked fast and hard, and many feel unable to quit using even if they want to. While drug addiction is usually thought of as an adult problem, the epidemic effects children as well, and a drug problem in the home can lead to a change in child custody.
Authorities in Missouri rushed into action, issuing an Amber Alert when they received word that a young woman and her infant son had been abducted. Supposedly, the child's father was a suspect in the early stages of the investigation. The woman's brother, a teenage boy, told authorities he witnessed the incident and flagged down a neighbor to call for help. What seemed at first to be a frightening kidnapping has morphed into a situation about child custody.
The summer of 2019 has brought particularly brutal heat waves to much of the nation. Parents need to use extra caution to ensure that their children do not suffer harm in such extreme temperatures. Recently, a Missouri mother learned the hard way that one bad decision can affect child custody.
Being a parent is a rewarding but sometimes trying experience. Missouri families may be in the midst of circumstances that bring about a court action that will determine child custody. When a parent is preparing to appear in court for custody proceedings, he or she might be curious to know what factors play into the judge's final decision.
Most Missouri parents realize that raising children can be both rewarding and stressful. When two parents maintain separate households, it is not unusual for litigation over child custody to occur. When a court enters a child custody order, it cannot be violated just because a parent does not agree with the arrangement set forth by the court.