There is no doubt about it: Divorce can be hard on a dad. Many go from being able to see their children every day of the week to having to stick to a visitation schedule. However, it is important for Missouri fathers to keep in mind that they still have rights as a father -- even if they don't have primary custody -- and that it is possible to have a consistent and meaningful relationship with their children after a divorce.
When it comes to child custody, decisions need to be based on what is in the best interest of the child. This is exactly why one father is asking for primary custody. He claims the media attention surrounding a criminal case involving his ex will end up negatively affecting his 7-year-old son.
It was a little more than a year ago that we about the importance of a DNA paternity test to determine who the father of a then-newborn was. The mother was claiming that father was famed pop star Justin Bieber, a claim the 18-year-old adamantly denied. After the scandal broke, Bieber also took to the talk show "The View" to insist he had taken a DNA paternity test to prove he was not the father.
Fathers incorrectly assume that if their name is on a child's birth certificate, their rights as a parent are automatically established. However, this could not be farther from the truth. In fact, without first properly establishing paternity, a father could end up actually finding himself in a tricky situation where he must pay child support, but still has no visitation schedule or decision-making rights as a parent.
When it comes to fathers' rights there are a litany of concerns. A father has rights to be a parent. This means time to spend with their child and a visitation schedule that is fair to everyone involved. However, it does not just end with just actual physical time with a child, as fathers should also have a say in medical decisions affecting their children.