The rapid social and socio-economic changes that have taken place in America over the past few decades have resulted in developments in family law that would have seemed inconceivable only a few generations ago. The rise of no-fault divorce, the increasing acceptance of single-parent families and unmarried couples having children and, most recently, same-sex marriage are some examples.
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.
Child custody battles are often the most contentious issue in divorce and separation proceedings. Whether those battles are waged by Missouri residents or by celebrities in the limelight, the parties may use all the resources at their disposal to get the desired result. The former girlfriend of Mel Gibson used the timing of filing domestic abuse allegations to fight for her custodial rights.
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.
While physics has solved many complex theoretical problems, sometimes one wonders if they have any direct applications to the world in which we all live. A similar thought occurred to a physicist who had a particularly difficult problem. His child custody arrangements were complex, as he had been married twice, had children with both of his ex-wives and he was currently in a relationship with a woman who had children from a prior relationship.
Child custody cases can be difficult. Child custody orders or parenting plans detail the time a child spends with each parent and controls the decision making for the child. Child custody also affects the child support, as a parent with sole custody receives more dollars in child support than a parent with joint custody and shared parenting time.
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.