According to a study recently published in Demography magazine, custody agreements shared between parents is becoming more popular with judges. This increased reliance on joint custody arrangements has ramifications for parents in Missouri who are contemplating divorce or modification of child custody matters.
Parents can face criminal charges if they violate child custody orders. Recently, a father has been charged with custodial interference for taking physical custody of his child and failing to return the child to the mother after a scheduled visit. He could face a prison sentence of up to five years if found guilty of the criminal charges.
The winter holidays and divorce are odd bedfellows. From Thanksgiving through New Years, many people would view filing a divorce as inappropriate, as being in bad taste or simply mean spirited. Especially if you have young children, attempting to explain why mommy or daddy is throwing all of their clothes into a suitcase and leaving would be traumatic.
Child custody is often a complex issue in most divorces. In a marriage, many of the decisions regarding the children's affairs, from where they go to the doctor to who picks them up after football or dance practice can be decided ad hoc. They may be driven by what is most convenient or what make the most sense, and they can be inherently fluid.