Abuse charges can lead to loss of child custody

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Custody on Thursday, July 12, 2018.

When a parent commits a crime, the kids can lose their time. Most Missouri parents would likely agree that when it comes to raising their children, they would do anything in their power to ensure the kids are safe and happy. In situations where parents maintain separate households, and there is a child custody arrangement, the actions of one parent can still affect the entire family. Sometimes a lapse in judgment on the part of a parent can lead to criminal charges, and parents should realize that this can directly affect the amount of time they get to spend with their children.

There is more to raising children than providing food, clothing and shelter. Parents are also responsible for setting a good example for their children, and teaching them how to grow into productive members of society. When parents make bad choices, especially in the presence of their children, they may lose the right to have any sort of custody at all.

Recently a Missouri man was arrested after he was pulled over driving with his son. Police claim that when they inspected the vehicle, they found large quantities of an illegal substance. They arrested the man, but in addition to drug charges, he was also charged with child abuse. The child was turned over to the care of the Department of Child Safety until investigators could contact the child’s mother.

When the actions of one parent become a danger to a child, it might make the other parent wonder if a formal modification of the child custody arrangement is in order. When the safety and well-being of a child is at stake, it can be difficult to know the best thing to do, especially because a child may enjoy spending time with the other parent, and not understand what has happened. In this situation, it can be helpful to speak with an experienced attorney. An attorney may be able to help the parent determine the best course of action for future child custody proceedings.

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