The short answer to the question posed in this headline is: no. If you are getting divorced (or were never married to the other parent of your child), you need to establish a parenting plan, but you don't necessarily have to go to court to do it.
While making the decision to divorce is never easy, for parents, breaking the news to the kids can be even harder. When it comes to announcing something as big as the breakup of the normal family structure, there are no second chances and parents would be wise to form a united front and to carefully think through and practice what they want to say before delivering the difficult news.
In just a couple of short months, school-aged children throughout Missouri will wrap up another school year and welcome the start of summer vacation. For kids, summer is all about having fun and reveling in the fact that they don't have to sit in a desk all day or do homework at night. However, for parents, summer vacation can present some logistical challenges and this is especially true in cases where parents are divorced.
In divorce cases involving minor-aged children, decisions must be made with regard to matters involving child custody and visitation. In recent decades, the outcomes of numerous studies and research indicate that children of divorce benefit the most when they are allowed equal access to and time with each parent. However, despite a wealth of information pointing to the positive effects of awarding parents joint physical custody, many family law courts and judges throughout the country continue to favor primary custody arrangements.
One of the hardest parts of a divorce is telling your children about it. For them, this is a tragic and hard event in their lives. Kids always want to see their parents stay together and to work through it. But sometimes that's not an option, and the breaking the news of the divorce can be extremely devastating.