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Custody dispute: father abandons child at fire station

Divorce becomes complicated when there is a child caught in the middle. In St. Charles, Missouri, just like in the rest of the country, child custody cases are always decided in the best interest of the child. Parents, if possible, try to agree on joint custody arrangements in order for them to have equal participation in the child's life. However, this is not always the case and things often get complicated. In fact, children often feel torn between their parents.

Once the child custody arrangement is decided by the court, parents must abide by the decision and by the rules and regulations that have been set forth. This process continues until the child is old enough to be independent. St. Charles residents may be interested to know that a recent custody dispute occurred in Kansas City, Missouri.

Recently, a 6-year-old boy was abandoned by his father at a fire station. The parents of the boy appear to be in the middle of a child custody dispute. The boy's mother took the child to his father on March 22, and, on March 25, the father was supposed to drop the child off with his mother.

According to police, they were uncertain as to why the mother was unavailable at the time when the father tried to drop off the boy. Firefighters said the father stated that he could no longer care for the child and decided to drop the boy at the fire station. The boy was taken to a hospital for examination, where doctors determined that he was in good condition.

Authorities have prepared a case, which will be forwarded to prosecutors. Any laws that have been violated regarding the custody arrangement will be discussed.

St. Charles parents who have existing custody arrangements with their estranged spouses need to understand that they have to follow the rules because they may lose the custody of their children if they fail to do so. Parents may contest existing child custody arrangements in family court.

Source: FIREHOUSE, "Boy, 6, left at Missouri fire station in custody dispute," Christine Vendel, March 30, 2013.

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