From Colorado to New York, children and their parents butt heads all the time; some would say it’s a natural part of growing. The child wants to assert independence and get their way, while the parent generally strives to teach important life lessons.
This is what one father says happened to set off a complex chain of events that has left him labeled as an unfit parent, and has threatened the child custody arrangements he has with his estranged wife over their 4 year old son.
According to reports, the father claims that he sent his son home without dinner after the child refused to eat anywhere else but at McDonald’s. The father and son regularly ate at a local café on a prearranged night each week, and the father explained that he would cut tradition, just not for the fast food joint. However, his son put his foot down and wouldn’t pick a different place, so he wasn’t given dinner.
The trouble reportedly ensued when the mother found out about the face-off and told a court-appointed psychiatrist. Before filing a report with the court indicating that the father was altogether unqualified to parent, the therapist interviewed the mother and son. The father claims that he should have also been interviewed before an opinion was shared.
As the custody dispute continues, so does a defamation suit that was filed against the psychiatrist by the father. He asserts that he simply didn’t want to give in to his son’s bad behavior, but that shouldn’t classify him as an unfit parent.
With differing opinions on how to raise children, and emotions on high, turning to the assistance of a family law attorney can be a prudent move for many involved in custody battles.
Source: New York Post, “Dad ‘unfit parent for refusing son McDonald’s’,” Julia Marsh and Reuven Fenton, Nov. 7, 2013