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.
Due to a mother's alleged neglect, a 2-year-old and a 6-year-old are now staying with their father. And, aside from losing custody of the children to their father, it also seems that the mother will end up being charged with child abuse.
After a final decree of divorce or other order establishing custody and/or visitation is filed with a court, it is not always the last word on custody. If a father wants to change an existing, he may file a motion requesting the court modify it. Usually, courts will modify an existing order only if the parent asking for the change can show a "substantial change in circumstances" that affects the welfare of a child.