Fathers can fight for child custody too

While most Missouri fathers cannot relate to celebrity gossip, the truth is that within the stories of divorce, there is often something that fathers can relate to.

Take for example the recent news that reality TV stars Bethenny Frankel and Jason Hoppy are getting divorced. The two had at first denied the rumors, but just a few days later admitted that the rumors were true: The two just could not make their marriage work out.

While many might be wrapped up in the how and why, for Missouri fathers the important thing to take note of is that this couple had a child together. Now, Frankel is asking for child support — among other expenses — and full custody of the couple’s girl. This begs the question: Is this fair to Hoppy?

Looking at this case, one could make the argument that Frankel expects for this entire divorce to be finalized — and for her to get her way — as soon as possible. But just why should she be granted full custody over Hoppy?

In general, when a Missouri father is going through a divorce and finds himself in a similar situation with a soon-to-be ex-wife demanding custody, remember that fathers have rights. This means if he believes he would be the better parent to have full custody, he should fight for it and not just assume that the mother will get custody.

The same should be remembered when it comes to aspects of family law, like child visitation and motions to modify too.

Source:, “Bethenny Frankel asks for child support in divorce papers (video),” Mandy Robinson, Jan. 7, 2013

  • The courts in Missouri have come a long way in terms of protecting fathers’ rights. To learn more about how our firm handles these types of cases, visit our St. Louis fathers’ rights page.

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