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Grief is normal after child custody changes

The manner in which children will handle the news of their parents' divorce is different for every Missouri family. Some kids will take these changes in stride, while others may struggle to come to terms with the new structure of the family. A recent article suggests that for some kids, divorce and child custody changes result in the experience of a form of grief. The following outline could help parents know what to expect in the weeks and months following the announcement of a divorce.

Family in child custody battle with state

For most Missouri families, the thought of having their children taken away is one of the most distressing scenarios imaginable. Parents who remain in an intact marriage often feel assured that their family unit will remain unbroken, but it is important to understand that divorce is not the only child custody threat that families can face. In certain circumstances, parental rights are challenged by the state, which can be a harrowing experience for both parents and children.

How is child custody determined in Missouri?

Divorcing parents in Missouri might benefit from understanding more about the state laws that could affect child custody arrangements. The court's priority in determining child support is to make judgments that are in accordance with the best interest of the child. Some of the relevant factors that courts typically consider include the wishes of both parents, the parenting plan submitted by both parties and the needs of the child to have a continuous relationship with both parents.

Is the 'nuclear family' a bygone definition?

When someone hears the term “nuclear family,” they might think of a married mom and dad with two kids. The family is likely all of the same race and the kids are probably a boy and a girl with perfect smiles, perfect behaviors, a skill for tennis and a love of school.

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