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St. Louis fathers can win sole child custody too

After a divorce, historically it has been the mother who has been awarded sole custody of the children. However, plenty of fathers are beginning to win sole physical custody of their children in St. Louis and throughout the rest of the country.

Many fathers don't take the step to fight for sole custody of their children because most courts have typically awarded this type of custody to the mother. However, times are changing and as social norms about roles and responsibilities change, child custody court decisions have been evolving tremendously. It can be perhaps seen most clearly among cases involving celebrity fathers.

Deion Sanders, NFL Hall of Famer, was recently awarded temporary custody of his children pending a further hearing. This stems from his friction-filled divorce case against his estranged wife.

Dwayne Wade, NBA superstar with the Miami Heat, won sole custody of his two boys after a steamy divorce and custody battle with his ex-wife.

Reality show personality Jesse James was awarded physical custody of his daughter in June 2011 ending a bitter battle in court over child custody.

After working through personal issues of her own, Britney Spears agreed to yield sole custody of their children to ex-husband, Kevin Federline.

If celebrity fathers can obtain full child custody, so can St. Louis dads. What will be the overriding determinant is what the court deems to be the best interest of the children. But a man's attitude toward the mother, in and outside of the courtroom, can have a positive influence on custody rulings. In addition, the level of activity and time a dad spends with the children could become a factor in cases in which obtaining sole child custody is a goal.

Source: Huffington Post, "Child Custody: Celebrity Dads Who Got Custody Of The Kids (PHOTOS)," No Author, May 10, 2012

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