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Refusal of fast food results in child custody issues for father

Many Pennsylvania residents may agree that allowing a child to have whatever he or she wants is not considered ideal parenting. However, in situations where a couple is divorced, if one parent does not allow the child to have or do something, the other parent may take issue with that decision. If the situation escalates, child custody problems could arise and a legal situation could ensue.

A father in a neighboring state is currently facing such circumstances after he did not allow his child to eat at McDonald's for dinner. The father explains that his 4-year-old son had a tantrum after being denied the fast food establishment as an option for dinner. He then told his son that he could eat anywhere other than McDonald's for dinner or not have dinner at all. The child chose not to have dinner.

The father took the child back to his ex-wife, and after she learned of the situation from her son, the mother called the psychiatrist who had been court-appointed to the family to help decide custody. The psychiatrist, in turn, filed a report with the court allegedly stating that the father was unfit to take care of his son. The father has filed his own suit against the psychiatrist for defamation, and a hearing concerning the custody of his son is set for next month.

As this situation demonstrates, child custody issues can arise from various circumstances, and resulting legal action may be needed. In order to better determine how to handle individual cases, Pennsylvania parents may wish to gain knowledge regarding state child custody laws. Information on such laws could help them conclude the best options to pursue in order to have custody arrangements truly reflect the best interests of any children involved.

Source: Washington Times, Dad dubbed unfit parent for refusing son's pleas for McDonald???s meals, Cheryl K. Chumley, Nov. 8, 2013

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