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Child custody battle takes unusual turn

As Missouri parents know, child custody is often one of most contentious issues of a divorce. However, difficult divorces are not the only time when child custody disputes may arise. This is illustrated by a recent case in which two men are fighting over the custody of the same children, because the mother is dying of cancer.

The mother was diagnosed with terminal cancer two years ago, and she desires that her two teenage children from a previous marriage remain with their stepfather. Both the mother and stepfather maintain that this is in the best interest of the children as they have lived with the stepfather for eight years. They also claim that the biological father is a drug addict and has financially harmed his children in the past. 

The biological father is fighting back, claiming that the mother and her husband have alienated him from his children. He claims that his children have been brainwashed. The father does admit that he has struggled with addiction problems in the past, but maintains that his issues have never prevented him from caring for his children. He also states that he is willing to take the case to court.

There are some child custody cases that are too complex to be resolved quickly. When parents find themselves facing unusual circumstances, such as in this case, it is beneficial to work with a lawyer who understands how to navigate complicated custody battles. Even when there is no easy solution, a Missouri parent can turn to a legal team that will fight to protect his or her best interests.

Source: The Huffington Post, "Why Two Men Are Fighting Over Custody Of Terminally Ill Woman's Children", Dec. 3, 2015

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