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Parental Fitness

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In Missouri, like in many other states, the determination of whether a parent is unfit is typically made by the court during custody or child welfare proceedings. Factors that may be considered in determining parental fitness can include:

  • Child Abuse or Neglect: If a parent has a history of abusing or neglecting the child, it could be grounds for being deemed unfit.
  • Substance Abuse: If a parent has a substance abuse problem that affects their ability to care for the child, it may be considered a factor in determining fitness.
  • Criminal Activity: Engaging in criminal activities that could endanger the child or negatively impact their well-being may be considered by the court.
  • Mental Health Issues: Severe mental health issues that impair a parent’s ability to provide a stable and safe environment for the child might be taken into account.
  • Domestic Violence: A history of domestic violence, especially if it involves the child or the other parent, may impact the determination of parental fitness.
  • Failure to Provide Basic Needs: If a parent consistently fails to provide for the child’s basic needs, such as food, shelter, and medical care, it may be considered in the assessment.
  • Parental Alienation: Deliberate actions by a parent to alienate the child from the other parent may also be considered by the court.

It’s important to note that the court will typically consider the best interests of the child when making determinations about custody and parental fitness. If you are facing a situation where the fitness of a parent is being questioned, it’s crucial to seek legal advice to understand your rights and options. Consulting with an attorney who specializes in family law in Missouri would be the best course of action for personalized guidance.

At Raza Family Law Solutions, we practice family law effectively guiding clients through prenuptial and post nuptial agreements, dissolution of marriage, modifications of prior judgments, and resolving child custody disputes. We also help families take a different approach to divorce with mediation and collaborative work.  Contact us for a consultation at (314) 314-5505.

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