Child custody: When should family members take action?

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Custody on Friday, September 6, 2019.

The state of Missouri takes the well-being of children seriously. Indeed, parents often find themselves stressed out and exhausted from dealing with daily life. Sometimes a parent is simply unable to properly care for a child, and family members may struggle when deciding if they should take legal action regarding child custody.

Recently, an unattended toddler was found roaming the streets in Missouri. Concerned citizens contacted authorities when the child, a 1-year-old, was discovered walking alone, dirty and wearing only a diaper. Authorities determined where the child lived and attempted to make contact with a parent.

The child’s father had apparently been asleep in the house. At first, he claimed he was not responsible for the child during the incident. He later admitted that, indeed, he was supposed to be watching the child and had fallen asleep when the child left the house. The state took the child into protective custody. The father now faces criminal charges, and the fate of the child is unknown at this time.

If a relative suspects a child in the family is being abused or neglected, he or she may wonder if legal action should be taken to establish, modify or enforce a child custody order. The legal process may seem overwhelming at first, but help is available. A knowledgeable attorney can help an interested party learn the necessary steps to protect the child in question. Children deserve to be raised in a stable, loving environment, and an attorney can help a concerned family member ensure that occurs.

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