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June 2014 Archives

Grandparents' rights: do they exist for Missouri residents?

Grandparents' rights are a complicated issue during a divorce in any state, including in Missouri. Many grandparents wish to apply for custody, because of certain circumstances, or at least have visitation rights to their grandchildren. Because most states do not have legally recognized grandparents' rights, the results of these cases can dramatically vary from one instance to the next.

More dads pushing for increased fathers' rights

In a nationwide trend, more dads are demanding custody rights as part of a fathers' rights movement. Even in Missouri, more dads are challenging traditional custody roles during a divorce. The fathers' rights movement argues that fathers should have the same parenting rights and visitation as mothers do after a divorce. With many fathers earning less than mothers or working as stay-at-home dads, this argument has seen success in many family law courts.

The changing gender roles in child support arrangements

Traditionally, men have been ordered to make child support payments in support of their minor children. However, as the traditional gender roles in American families and the workforce change, it is increasingly common for the mother to be primarily responsible to pay child support. This is particularly common when the woman makes more money than the man or when the children spend more time with the father.

Bethenny Frankel child custody case finally comes to a resolution

Missouri readers know how complicated a divorce can be, especially when there are complications over child custody agreements. The reality television star Bethenny Frankel and her husband have been embroiled in a highly publicized child custody battle over their 4-year-old child. It has recently been announced that they have come to an agreement, and that their lengthy battle fought in family court is over.

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