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What is a parenting plan agreement?

A parenting agreement is a written document outlining how children will be raised by parents after a separation or divorce. The plan is designed with the best interest of the child in mind and helps to keep environments and schedules structured during times of upheaval.

How parents can recognize and address parental alienation

Parental alienation may be a concern for some Missouri parents after a divorce. This occurs when children are manipulated by one parent to turn against the other parent. It can happen in any custody arrangement, but it may be more likely to occur when a parent has been diagnosed with borderline or narcissistic personality disorder.

Missouri pushes for equal custody in divorce cases

Divorce is a difficult process for anyone, but the prospect of losing your children in a custody battle can be downright terrifying. There has been a historical tendency for divorce courts to rule in favor of the mother in matters of child custody. There seems to have been an underlying presumption, within the court system, that women make better parents than men. More often than not, the mother receives primary custody of her children, while the father may only receive visitation rights every other week. Consequently, the limited time fathers get to spend with their children under this arrangement is often devastating for both parties.

Determining where your child's needs most lie in divorce

Children are, by nature, resilient people who can bounce back from adversity and overcome obstacles life tosses their way. As a Missouri parent, you do your best to support, encourage and inspire your kids to reach their full potentials. When you shared the news of your impending divorce with them, you figured you'd face several challenges in the near future as they adapt to their new lifestyles. Hopefully, you have a strong support network on hand to help you.

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