Time is a precious commodity. As any parent knows, there are only so many hours in a day and so many days in a week. It can seem impossible to get everything that needs to be done within those confines. This is one reason why you and your children's other parent should work out a cooperative parenting plan for your child custody agreement.
Missouri is still debating changes to the custody laws, with the potential for mandating "equal time" for fathers during a divorce. And Missouri is not alone. Legislatures in multiple states are considering changes to custody laws that make it easier for fathers to receive more time with their children.
The Missouri legislature is considering a bill that would amend the current child custody laws of the state and create a presumption that parents should receive equal custody arrangements with their children after a divorce. This would typically be entailed with an every other week custody, rather than one parent having the children most of the time and the other parent often only seeing them for a few days on the weekends every month.
The potential effect of divorce on children causes many people here in Columbia to pause before they consider that legal solution. Various studies over the years have suggested some children of divorced parents may not do as well as those of non-divorced parents. This leads many to decry divorce as detrimental to children.
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.