Father accused of bad parenting for not taking child to McDonald

Most non-custodial parents look forward to exercising their parenting time with their children. Simply spending time with child not only helps develop the parent-child relationship, but also helps the non-custodial understand what is involved in parenting. Parents who are no longer together typically understand the issues which surround child custody and parenting time such as coordination and communication with each other. However, there are times when bitterness surrounding one's situation may cloud a parent's judgment and they may do anything to prevent the non-custodial parent from having contact with their child.

Florida parents may find it interesting to learn that recently a father of a 4-year-old who is in a custody battle with his wife, was accused of being an unfit parent by a court appointed psychologist for refusing to take his son to McDonald's. According to court paperwork, the father was exercising his visitation rights when his son insisted on going to McDonalds. However, the father did not want take him there, and this led the child to have temper tantrum.

Despite the child's tantrum, the father stood his ground and finally took the child back to his mother's house. However, the psychologist appointed by the court testified that because the father did not take his four-year-old son to McDonald's, he was incapable of caring for the child. Thus, the psychologist asked the court to step in and restrict the father's rights to see his son. The father alleges that the psychologist did not discuss the McDonald incident with him before making the recommendation to the judge presiding over the case.

Furthermore, the father indicated that the McDonald incident may have been pushed by the mother of the child, who wants full custody of the boy. Regardless of the reasons parents may have for child custody and parenting time disagreements, looking toward the best interest of the child is the best way to resolve them; generally, any custody or parenting time arrangement should encourage both parents to have a healthy and on-going relationship with their child.

Source: Time, "Not Lovin' It: Dad Accused of 'Unfit Parenting' for Refusing to Take His Son to McDonalds," Madison Gray, Nov. 8, 2013

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