Not Lovin’ It: Dad Accused of ‘Unfit Parenting’ for Refusing to Take His Son to McDonalds

No happy meals for this kid.

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Divorce can be ugly to begin with, but it’s uglier when McDonald’s gets involved in your custody battle.

It’s already bad enough that attorney David Schorr is embroiled in the tug-of-war with wife Bari Yunis Schorr over their 4-year-old son, but now he’s filed a defamation suit against psychologist Marilyn Schiller for telling a judge that he was an unfit parent for not taking his kid to the fast-food joint when he demanded it.

According to court documents, during an Oct. 30 visit, the boy insisted on a trip to the Golden Arches rather than the Manhattan restaurant where Schorr normally takes him. Schorr, wary of junk food overconsumption, declined to do so and offered instead to take him any place else, which triggered a tantrum.

Schorr stood his ground though, and took the boy back home to his mother. But Schiller, a court-appointed psychologist, told the court hearing the divorce case that because he wouldn’t take the boy to McDonald’s, he was “wholly incapable” of taking care of the child and asked the court to intervene, restricting the time Schorr got to spend with the boy.

That apparently was the last fry for Schorr and he filed suit in Manhattan Supreme Court against Schiller, saying that she lied about him not being able to take care of the boy for at least 90 minutes and failed to discuss the McMeltdown with the father before going to a judge.

Still for all the trouble, Schorr wishes he had just given in and taken the kid to Mickey D’s,  “but you get nervous about rewarding bad behavior,” he said. “I think it was a 1950s’ equivalent of sending your child to bed without dinner.” However, he told the New York Daily News he suspects the whole thing may be a ploy by his wife to win full custody.

[NYDN]

17 comments
Renea678
Renea678

Ok, first off the mom didn't file for divorce because of this. She is using the situation to her advantage to show he is not a capable caretaker. Second, Wednesday visitation for two or three hours is a normal mid week visitation IN ADDITION to first, third and fifth weekend visits. So dad returning him that night is what he is supposed to do. It also doesn't say that he returned the kid right away and if he did then he may have known brat, I mean kid, wouldn't eat and therefore maybe being with mom would remedy that. If he brought him home after all that time without eating dinner then mom would be crying neglect. THIRD, and last point, issues are supposed to go through mediation before they go to court to help keep down frivelous claims during and after divorce. I feel bad for the dad and agree that psychologist was definitely biased and the judge should make her pay the court for time wasted and leave dad alone. If mom wants to feed the kid greased crap all the time then maybe they shoukd be looking at her instead. Hmmm?

#libtardedamerica
#libtardedamerica

the psychologist should, in addition to being sued, be stripped of her credentials. that's gross misconduct

shortpoet
shortpoet

After my initial read 1st, was glad the dad didn't give in on the McDonalds.  And was upset that instead of dealing with the child on his own he promptly went to return the boy to his mother's as if that were to be part of the punishment.  What I failed to realize is that the article said he had weekend visitations, which I am going to assume (although I would rather the author of the article tell me for certain) that weekend means Saturday/ Sunday and certain holidays that because this happened on October 30th, which was a Wednesday, that was the arrangement was for the child to be brought home after dinner.  Would like to know that detail for certain before I can truly have an opinion, one way or another.  Although, I do believe the psychologist definitely should have had a conversation with the father before going to the courts…but then again, I don't know what the arrangement is between the psychologist, the parents and the courts…so for all the information in the piece, there are still significant details that are missing to truly form an informed opinion rather than an emotional one.

SoRemai
SoRemai

Read beyond the sensationalist headlines and realize that daddy dearest refused to give in, but also refused to deal with the tantrummy toddler by sending him to mommy. Why couldn't he handle his son on his own and deal with him? Where exactly are the quotes where mom says exactly as the headline and poor article would like you to think she said? There's always two sides to every coin which you only realize if you ease off your emotional trigger which got you reading the article to begin with.

amardem11
amardem11

Where are you Americans heading???? you are squeezing life out of your interactions and start living a robotic life. "Filing for divorce b/c father didn't take son to Mc'D". that is ridiculous!

PhillySocrates
PhillySocrates

It sounds to me like it was the part where he took the child back to the mother that concerned the expert witness. Standing your ground does not mean making the other parent deal with the tantrum. I doubt that the expert disapproved of enforcing a healthy choice. She probably would have been impressed if he faced the screaming for the whole visit. Maybe he only wants to be a parent so long as it's easy.

RJWinUK
RJWinUK

And this is why America is the fattest nation on earth. A nation where not making your child obese is child abuse. The sad thing is my nation copies everything america does and we are now the second fattest nation on earth and the fattest people in Europe. The difference is though people are turning on people who let their kids become obese and most now consider this child abuse. 

JohnMarkSappenfield
JohnMarkSappenfield

Maybe it's because the kid finds the food boring at the upscale NYC restaurant. There's probably fewer children his age as well. It wouldn't have hurt the father to take him to McDonald's. After all, fast  food won't kill you once a week. They do have salads as well along with apple slices and milk.

KevinCampbell
KevinCampbell

I guess I must be unfit as well then. I don't like taking my son their either! He does not go without food but I want him to eat properly! And why should parents give into tantrums. I sure don't and my son doesn't throw them because he knows they lead no where! Way to go dad!

Yoichi
Yoichi

I'm a little concerned why you would feed a 4-year-old child McDonald's...

JoanaFerro
JoanaFerro

Dear @JohnMarkSappenfield, I'm afraid your comment was ridiculous. I'm seriously thinking you guys should start having parenting classes over there in the USA. Vegetables are boring, so it's okay to feed greasy food to your kids and keep working on building the nation of the fatties? Yes, it would have hurt the father to take him to McDonald's as that's how spoilt kids are born. Children must learn they can't get everything they want. And yes, fast food once a week WILL kill you slowly.

I also wonder how many kids go to McDonald's to get salads and apple slices.

Jimmy_the_Nap
Jimmy_the_Nap

@KennethEthanFrantz Far too simple. Fits far too neatly into the right-wing narrative of hysterical, awful educated people who trample the rights of God-fearing Americans to raise their kids as they see fit. Go do a Google News search for this story, and the right-wing "news" sites just parrot the story with no consideration for the fact that they're just restating this guy's lawsuit claims as if they're incontrovertible. Reputable news sites such as the Associated Press start off by saying that the facts being stated are strictly according to the father's lawsuit.

Yooperchicks
Yooperchicks

@Yoichi Yes, you were right to not give in to a tantrum, or to fast food for dinner. Since when is a 4 year old able to make good nutritional decisions? That's why you're the parent and he's the child. Sounds like your wife is the unfit parent, not you. 

Renea678
Renea678

Honestly, my kids only get salad from there and they don't like their apple slices because they have a strange filmy thing on them. They hate greasy fatty foods. They always choose fruits and veggies over candies and junk food. Not every American family harbors the need for being unhealthy so please, stop saying "you Americans"