Military service members give much in the service of their country. They often spend years overseas on extended deployments, and during the last decade or so, they have frequently spent time in combat zones, risking their very lives every day. And while there is much discussion of how they are heroes, if they have children, they may find their treatment is often far from heroic.
In order to create a more stable environment for children whose parents are no longer living together, the state of Missouri has required parents to submit parenting plans. These parenting plans are required every time documents related to child custody and visitations are filed with the courts.
What is the best outcome for children after a divorce? For at least a half-century, this question has been debated. In earlier years, many assumed children were better off being raised by their mothers, especially if they were very young. Good or bad, this model continues to this day. Still, it is now more common for fathers to receive full custody than in the past.