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Missouri child custody: Man battles after devastating loss

Missouri residents who find themselves in a child custody battle probably understand the emotional difficulty a situation like this can cause. Although many custody cases involve parents at odds over their kids, sometimes they involve more heart-breaking circumstances. A man, grieving the loss of his girlfriend, is involved in a child custody battle after child welfare authorities removed his child.

Authorities claim the child was taken because the man was not his biological father. However, he and his girlfriend had been raising the child as their own. They had tried to conceive a child naturally, but when that failed, they sought help through in-vitro. Sperm from an anonymous donor eventually resulted in the birth of a baby boy, and they lived as a family for more than two years.

However, the mother committed suicide at the beginning of the year, and authorities took his child. He has pleaded with the court to understand his heartache and return his son. He appears to be getting closer to that goal. A judge has ordered the man to submit to home visits before custody is granted, a step placing him a little closer to his ultimate goal.

Missouri parents in a similar situation may find themselves disheartened at times. However, in many cases, there is a positive resolution to child custody battles. Hopefully this man will soon be reunited with his son so they can begin to heal from their devastating loss as a family, and get their lives back in order together.

Source: New York Post, "Exec in child-custody fight after girlfriend's suicide because anonymous sperm donor is the 'biological father'," Julia Marsh, Jan. 18, 2013

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