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Dinner debacle ends with possible child custody modification

Divorce happens in Ohio for a number of reasons. It is not uncommon for couples to determine that they entered marriage hastily and after experiencing married life together they can clearly see that their union was not meant to be. Other times financial challenges creep into a marriage and slowly unravel its footings. Regardless of why divorce happens, when children are involved child custody issues often arise.

A New York man and his wife have separated and are working out the details of an allegedly contentious divorce. Together, the couple have a 4-year-old son and child custody arrangements have been made that may last until the divorce has been finalized. The father has been granted every other weekend and Tuesday evenings for dinner with his son. The arrangement, however, may change after an incident that recently occurred and left the young child without dinner.

One Tuesday evening, the father said the two could go to a restaurant of the boy’s choosing with one exception: no McDonald’s. The preschooler protested, and chose McDonald’s. The father then gave the child a choice between eating at any other restaurant and not eating dinner together at all. Again, the child chose the latter and the two ended the dinner date and waited in the building where the child resides with his mother to wait for her to return. A court appointed psychologist allegedly implored with a judge to end the father’s visitation rights because of what happened that evening.

Working out child custody arrangements can be challenging. Many parents want to make the arrangement so the child’s best interests are met. When people need custody guidance, it may be worthwhile to seek the counsel of an experienced attorney.

Source: Associated Press, “Lawsuit: dad my lose visitation rights for denying son McDonald’s,” Nov. 8, 2013

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