Missouri residents interested in fathers' rights issues may find a current Illinois court battle interesting. The case involves a "custody" dispute over frozen pre-embryos that were created by a woman and her then-boyfriend before she began cancer treatments that would likely leave her infertile.
When a woman gives birth to a child out of wedlock, that child does not have a legal father, even if the biological father was present at the hospital for the birth. In Missouri, however, biological fathers have the right to establish their legitimacy as legal fathers, and there are several ways they can do this.
Reaching an agreement over the custody of a child can be a difficult process, and it is even harder if the parents live a great distance apart and both still wish to see the child. Recently, a number of American fathers have been campaigning to regain custody of children taken overseas to Japan. Negotiating child custody across international borders is a challenging matter, and the fathers have sought assistance from the U.S. and Japanese governments.
When it comes to a dispute over the custody of a child, the best interests of the child have to come first. Not all children have access to both parents, but if they do, each parent can play a huge part in the development of the child. Unfortunately, though, fathers' rights are often overlooked. One father has faced a long battle to win back his son, who was put up for adoption in Missouri.
Whatever the circumstances of your marriage, times and people change. Many couples reach a point where it is time for a fresh start. If they choose to go their separate ways, both parties need to reach a number of agreements concerning finances, possessions, child custody and the decision to file for divorce. For some couples in Missouri, this feels like an unlikely outcome. Others, however, choose to make provisions for divorce, in case their marriage doesn't last forever.