It is troubling to even think about, but the truth is that there are mothers in Missouri, and around the country, who will try and claim a man is the father of their child in order to receive child support. When this happens, it is important to not just give in, but to rather establish paternity -- or prove to not be the father -- through a DNA paternity test.
For the past eight years a Missouri father has been fighting for custody of his now 10-year-old daughter and 11-year-old son. As of now, even though a doctor has recommended that the children live with their father due to what looks like emotional neglect, it appears that conflicts of interest have been real barriers between the father and the courts.
A father who had unfounded domestic violence allegations held against him will finally be reunited with his 4-year-old daughter. This decision also comes after the man's 2-year-old son went missing back in November under the care of his estranged wife.
A Missouri father recently showed up on a local news station to explain that he recently did not abduct his baby girl and did not assault his ex-girlfriend. Rather, he explained that he has shared custody with the girl's mother and was legally spending time with his daughter.
Child custody battles between two parents can get pretty heated, and in some situations one parent will even make allegations against the other as a way to try and win custody. Recently this happened when a 21-year-old mother lied to police about her ex breaking a restraining order.
Legislation that would make changes to domestic violence laws in Missouri for the first time in close to 40 years was recently approved by a 33-0 vote by the state's Senate. If the bill is approved by the House, these changes could greatly impact issues related to family law.
Paola Arzu Stange is to speak to other attorneys about domestic violence on May 26, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency in St. Louis at The Arch, 315 Chestnut Street, St. Louis, Missouri 63122 at LawReviewCle's CLE titled: "First Domestic Violence Case." This is an important issue that effects many fathers in divorce and child custody cases.
A lack of a plan for child visitation can lead to easily avoidable spats between two divorced or no-longer-together parents.