When a marriage ends, it can cause everyone in the family to feel stress and anxiety. Adding to the stress is the inescapable fact that parents have important decisions to make at a time when their emotions are running high. Mistakes can be made and indeed they sometimes are. Even worse, many Missouri parents find themselves unable to resolve their custody disputes, leading to litigation. If you are in the middle of a divorce and are consistently at odds with your co-parent, do not risk your rights simply to put an end to the proceedings. Instead, fight for your parental rights by working with an attorney.
If you no longer want to be married or be in a relationship with someone, you can seek a divorce or simply break off the relationship. However, when children are involved, it can be much more complicated because you still have to co-parent with them. This means that you may still have to deal with how the other parent can be petty and vindictive when they don't get their way.
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.