In Saint Louis and other areas in the Midwest, divorce can bring about some of the most contentious and emotional issues. Take, for example, child custody disputes. While parents should be focused on the needs and best interests of the child or children involved in the divorce process, the reality is that children could be improperly used to be hurtful and spiteful against an ex. In other cases, a parent may fight to keep a child with them because they truly believe that would serve their best interests. No matter the reason, when a child custody dispute arises and a custody order is violated, dire consequences can arise, as seen in one recent case.
Third-party visitation rights are an important part of the child custody process to be familiar with. Referred to as third-party visitation rights, nonparent visitation rights or sometimes grandparent visitation, parents and families facing child custody concerns should be familiar with all of the different types of child custody, including third-party child custody.
Many parents in the Midwest struggle to find an appropriate work-life balance. While many people want to work as hard as they can to get ahead in life and support their families, this can come at the expense of strong familial relationships. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the child custody context.
Family law matters are not easy to address not matter the situation. Child custody matters can get complicated quickly, and this is especially true when a parent fails to abide by a court ordered custody arrangement. Parents who choose to relocate with their children without the other parent's consent and without court authorization, for example, can damage the child's relationship with his or her parent. Previously, this blog discussed the UCCJEA and how it can be utilized to address child custody matters when a child has been taken to another state, but this week, cases of international abduction will be assessed.
Family law matters can be complex. As we've discussed previously on this blog, child custody disputes can be highly confrontational when parent can't agree on what type of custody and visitation arrangement is best for their kid. In most cases, the focus of these disputes is on physical custody, which means where the child will live. However, physical custody is half of the child custody puzzle that must be addressed with care.
Family law matters can get emotional and complex. Child custody disputes can get heated quickly. Each parent thinks they know what is best for their child, and most children are too young to really know what furthers their best interests. This means that when there is a dispute about a child custody or visitation arrangement, then the parents will have to bring forth evidence to support why their proposed plan is best suited to meet and further those best interests.
Family law matters can get very complex and emotional. Many child custody disputes in the St. Louis area are hotly contested. Parents oftentimes try to bring out the worst in each other so that they can achieve the outcome they want, which they usually believe is best for their child, too. When the dust settles, either after negotiations or litigation, many of these parents feel that the matter is settled. While this may be true for some, for others, it is just a starting point on a long road of issues pertaining to visitation and child support.
As part of the child custody and visitation process, parents are required to submit child custody plans. Because the process of developing a parenting plan for child custody and visitation can be challenging, it is useful for parents to rely on family law resources to help them through the process.
It's a sad reality, but fathers are often overlooked in our society. This is especially true when viewed through a child custody lens. Mothers automatically retain custody of children who are born out of wedlock and child custody disputes that arise during divorce proceedings can find a man struggling to prove why he is better suited to further his child's best interests. Some men even find it difficult to merely obtain visitation with their children, which is nothing short of tragic.
As we discussed previously on this blog, child custody and visitation determinations are made based on the bests interests of the child involved. Although some couples are able to work together to come to an arrangement that they feel furthers those interests, in many instances parents disagree with each other. In these circumstances, the matter may be left for a judge to decide, which can be a scary proposition considering he or she may know little, if anything, about one's family.