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Chris Rock divorce heads for child custody battle

Missouri readers have likely heard that Chris Rock, the famous comedian, is currently embroiled in a contentious divorce and child custody battle. Mr. Rock wants shared custody with his wife, to whom he has been married for 19 years. One of the main issues with the child custody battle is the fact that he claims his wife has prevented him from seeing his children. 

Mr. Rock has filed a motion with a family court, asking that he be granted joint physical and legal custody. He claims that he has not been able to see or visit with his 10-year-old or 12-year-old daughter, per the mother's prevention. The mother has recently released a statement through her attorney, denying these claims. 

There have been reports that the mother is seeking full custody of the children, which is also a claim that she disputes. With a highly-publicized divorce, it is not uncommon for there to be conflicting reports from opposing sides. Additionally, it is believed that Mr. Rock is attempting to reduce the amount of spousal support that he may have to pay, by claiming that his wife can financially support herself. He has asked for equitable distribution of all marital property. 

As Missouri couples know, even a low-profile divorce can be confusing and contentious, especially regarding child custody and spousal support disputes. It can be complicated to successfully maneuver these situations, making it important to have knowledgeable legal assistance with actively pursuing the desired outcome. As underscored by this high-profile divorce, it is important to seek a beneficial resolution to custody disputes for the sake of the children.

Source: wetpaint.com, "Chris Rock Wants Shared Custody of Two Children With Estranged Wife", Dec. 31, 2014

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