In the health-conscious society that we live in, a lot of parents are probably concerned about the amount of junk or fast food that their child consumes. Although parents may want to put limitations on the kinds of food their children eat, a kid may not always agree with this plan.
Take a recent situation involving a father and his son. Mom and dad were amidst a contentious divorce, and the court appointed a psychologist to observe the child and the parents. It was dad’s turn to take his 4-year-old, almost 5-year-old son out for dinner. After realizing that the kid “had been eating too much junk food,” Dad decided to turn down the child’s request for McDonald’s.
When he denied the request, the kid did what any kid might do in the same situation. He threw a fit, a tantrum that prompted his dad to give him one “final offer,” dad said in court papers. That final offer was to pick any place other than McDonald’s, and if he couldn’t do that, they would go back home to mom without getting any food at all.
The child, described in court documents as being “stubborn as a mule,” chose to go hungry instead of choosing another restaurant, and so dad simply turned the car around. Together, they sat at mom’s house until her workday ended.
The situation prompted the psychologist to share with the judge that the incident “raises concerns about the viability” of the current visitation arrangement. In fact, the psychologist suggested that the judge eliminate the father’s alternate weekend visits and Tuesday dinners or at least limit them. In response to the psychologist’s urging in court, the father filed a defamation lawsuit.
This incident occurred outside the state of Ohio, but court-appointed professionals such as the psychologist in this case are utilized across the country. An experienced family law attorney can help ensure that this appointment doesn’t conflict with a father’s rights in a child custody case.
Source: The Huffington Post, “Dad Branded Unfit Parent For Refusing To Take Son To McDonald’s, Lawsuit Says,” Jennifer Peltz, Nov. 8, 2013