Fast food refusal takes center stage in New York custody case

Posted by Lauren S. CohenNov 13, 20130 Comments

Fast food is something that one probably wouldn't normally associate with child custody battles. However, a matter involving fast food is now front and center in a child custody case here in New York. The case involves a divorcing couple and their young son.

One evening while the son was with the husband, the son demanded to be taken to McDonald's. The husband refused the boy's demands and told the boy that his choices were to go to a restaurant other than McDonald's or to not eat at all. The boy chose to not eat at all.

Currently, the husband is granted parental visits with the son on Tuesday evenings for dinner and on alternate weekends. According to the husband, after the above-mentioned incident, a court-assigned psychologist in the divorce case told a judge that the husband was an incapable parent and recommended that the husband's weekend visits with the boy be partially or completely eliminated. The husband claims that the psychologist's recommendations were based on the fast-food-refusal incident and were improper. The husband has brought a defamation lawsuit against the psychologist in relation to these allegations.

It will be interesting to see what ultimately happens in regards to child custody/visitation in the above-mentioned divorce case. It will also be interesting to see what the result is of the husband's defamation lawsuit.

Child custody/visitation matters can be very complex and can get fairly contentious. As can be seen in the above-mentioned case, there are a wide variety of different issues and actions that can end up becoming battle points in cases involving child custody/visitation. Given the vastness of the number of issues that can come up in connection to child custody/visitation matters, having an experienced family law attorney on one's side can be very important in child custody/visitation cases.

Source: The Wall Street Journal, “Suit: NY dad criticized for denying son McDonald's,” Nov. 8, 2013