It used to be that when two parents got divorced, one parent was granted primary custody and the other was given visitation time. For many parents this was quite frustrating, especially when the courts used to favor mothers. This meant that fathers often only got to see their children every other weekend and some holidays.
Recently it was reported that Kris Humphries rejected a $10 million divorce settlement deal from Kim Kardashian. Rather, the professional athlete wants to continue to pursue an annulment.
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.