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What to do when fathers' rights are challenged by the mother

The fight for fathers' rights has always been a challenge, particularly in family courts where preference may be given to the mother. Missouri fathers who are ready and willing to have a prominent role in the lives of their children may face difficulties when the mother is uncooperative. Often, fathers may find themselves facing legal battles regarding their fathers' rights, simply to secure visitation time with their children.

Some fathers may not be personally involved with their children initially. This could be because of immaturity and a bevy of other reasons. However, when a father is ready to support and know his children, what legal grounds does he have? What options does he have if the mother is blocking his involvement with his children? While it will differ on a case-by-case basis, many Missouri fathers could choose to use legal channels to fight for their custody or visitation rights.

Ensuring that a child custody agreement protects the children

Formulating a beneficial child custody agreement can be difficult and may be one of the more complicated aspects of a divorce. However, Missouri couples may not consider the remote possibility that a family court could decide to separate the children. This may be a rare choice from a court, but it should be noted that a child custody agreement can protect the best interests of the children.

Separating sibling groups is generally not the preference of parents or a family court. However, in rare cases, there are state laws that could actually allow for this to happen in certain circumstances. This may include the death of both parents or the adoption of one child out of foster care. Parents who have concerns about the long-term care of their children can work on a contingency plan to be included in a custody arrangement.

Questions about paternity for NBA player Paul George

The famous NBA player Paul George has found himself in the midst of a paternity battle, as a woman claims that he is the father of her baby. In addition to the question of paternity, the woman claims that Paul George would be an unfit father because of his extensive travel schedule. Missouri readers can infer that this means she is seeking financial support from the basketball player as well as custody.

The woman claims that the basketball player was confirmed to be the father of the baby through a privately administered paternity test. Now the mother is seeking a court-ordered test. She is also seeking sole custody of the child. It is not clear if Mr. George will also fight for visitation and custody rights if it is found that he is the father.

Grandparents' rights: do they exist for Missouri residents?

Grandparents' rights are a complicated issue during a divorce in any state, including in Missouri. Many grandparents wish to apply for custody, because of certain circumstances, or at least have visitation rights to their grandchildren. Because most states do not have legally recognized grandparents' rights, the results of these cases can dramatically vary from one instance to the next.

In some particular cases, grandparents apply for custody out of concern for the health and safety of the grandchildren. However, parents' rights are almost always given priority and many grandparents may not know what steps to take next. In some cases, grandparents have to instigate a legal proceeding to simply have access to their grandchildren after the parents divorce. Missouri grandparents may be wondering how and if they will see their grandchildren and if they have any legal options.

More dads pushing for increased fathers' rights

In a nationwide trend, more dads are demanding custody rights as part of a fathers' rights movement. Even in Missouri, more dads are challenging traditional custody roles during a divorce. The fathers' rights movement argues that fathers should have the same parenting rights and visitation as mothers do after a divorce. With many fathers earning less than mothers or working as stay-at-home dads, this argument has seen success in many family law courts.

This movement stems from the desire of many fathers to remain a relevant part of their kids' lives. In the past, mothers were generally granted primary custody and parental authority. Dads were often granted weekend visitation and some holiday visitation. This was long accepted as "the norm," but more states are moving toward a wider recognition of equal parenting rights.

The changing gender roles in child support arrangements

Traditionally, men have been ordered to make child support payments in support of their minor children. However, as the traditional gender roles in American families and the workforce change, it is increasingly common for the mother to be primarily responsible to pay child support. This is particularly common when the woman makes more money than the man or when the children spend more time with the father.

A recent study has found that in as many an 40 percent of American households, including those in Missouri, women are the primary breadwinners in the family. When fathers have stayed home with the children or spent more time at home with the kids, it makes financial sense for the working mother to provide the income needed for the children. These changing trends will have an impact on family law and many divorce cases.

Bethenny Frankel child custody case finally comes to a resolution

Missouri readers know how complicated a divorce can be, especially when there are complications over child custody agreements. The reality television star Bethenny Frankel and her husband have been embroiled in a highly publicized child custody battle over their 4-year-old child. It has recently been announced that they have come to an agreement, and that their lengthy battle fought in family court is over.

While the details of the actual agreement are confidential, this case illustrates what can happen when a custody dispute reaches an intense level. Not every couple is able to amicably work through the details of a child custody arrangement, but there may be several options for resolving this conflict. Missouri parents will agree that when parents can make a divorce as easy as possible for the children, it is most beneficial for everyone involved.

Famous actor Jason Patric takes on fathers' rights issues

Fathers' rights issues have long been a source of heated discussion around the nation, including in the family law courts of Missouri. The famous actor Jason Patric has recently joined the conversation on fathers' rights as he challenges legal standards in order to fight for custody of his child. His son was conceived through in vitro fertilization. A court has recently ruled that he does have the legal right to fight his ex-partner for custody.

His son is currently four years old, and he claims that he co-parented the child with his girlfriend for over a year. She has not allowed Mr. Patric to see the boy in 15 months. This is a rather unusual case because of the manner in which the child was conceived, but it could prove to be a landmark case for fathers in similar situations.

Child custody questions surround celebrity divorce

The famous television personality Sherry Shepherd is going through a divorce, which brings a common divorce issue to light: complicated child custody situations. Sherri and her ex-husband legally filed for separation and then divorce in quick succession. Now, her husband is fighting for child custody over a baby that is still in utero, via a surrogate mother. The outcome of this case could set a precedent for some complicated cases, including those in Missouri.

One of the main issues with this particular divorce is that the husband, if he is awarded custody of the unborn child, would be receiving support payments from his famous wife. It is indicated that the couple did sign a prenuptial agreement which would otherwise prevent the husband from sharing in her wealth. Supporters of Ms. Shepherd claim that the man is simply vying for her money, not pursuing custody out of genuine concern for the child.

Fathers' rights battle come into the national spotlight

Missouri fathers who are facing divorce may be shocked to know that fathers' rights often leave much to be desired. Many men do not realize until they are in the midst of a custody battle that fathers are often disregarded by family courts. Traditionally, women and mothers have been favored in family law situations, but a movement promoting fathers' rights has gained national recognition.

Many cases over the rights of fathers have come into the national spotlight. The famous skier, Bode Miller, recently challenged his girlfriend's right to move while she was pregnant with their unborn child. Many of these types of cases are challenging the age-old perception that the mother should be the main caregiver of the children after a divorce. While many Americans do support joint custody, courts may not often grant this arrangement.

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