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Child custody may be severely limited regarding convicted father

Child custody cases in Texas share similar procedural and substantive legal rules with all other states. The recent case of a disgraced former Congressman, including his divorce and child custody problems with his spouse, would likely play out under the same set of principles in this state. The couple's divorce case recently moved toward closure as the defendant husband admitted to criminal behavior involving illegal texting with a minor.

Can you make temporary support and custody modifications?

You and your spouse split up five years ago. The judge instructed you to pay child support, while your ex got custody of the kids. You still see them a lot and spend time with them on the weekends, and you're happy to pay to help cover the cost of raising them. For five years, everything went well, and you didn't have any problems.

One state sets legal precedent in custody relocation case

Texas parents who go through a divorce are often faced with a number of serious decisions when it comes to sharing parenting duties. For some, a drastic change in financial circumstances creates an additional burden of stress, as does the need for custodial parents to find safe and affordable child care. Those tensions often lead a parent to seek an out-of-state move. That is not a simple or easy matter, however, when the other parent wishes to block such a relocation.

Actress is embroiled in bitter battle for child custody rights

In Texas and nationwide, societal and legal norms are changing, and it is now somewhat less likely that a mother will be awarded full physical custody of the children in a divorce case, even if those children are still in their infancy. In the past, the "tender years" doctrine applied to give mothers an edge for child custody with respect to very young children. The aggressive lobbying efforts of fathers in recent decades, along with evolving sociological studies, have brought both parents into more equal footing in such matters.

Determining how to rectify a problematic child custody situation

Many Texas couples will be among others throughout the nation who file for divorce this year. The factors that prompt such decisions vary with each situation. Some people simply say they've grown apart from their spouses, while others may be reacting to a sudden, unexpected incident (such as marital infidelity). The divorce process is seldom easy; in fact, for those who are parents, it may be especially challenging. It's important to know where to turn for help if problems arise concerning child custody, visitation or other aspects of a new parenting plan.

Child custody battles heat up in several celebrity breakups

The idea that celebrities can settle their domestic disputes in a kinder, gentler way than more typical people has taken a hit in recent months. The Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie breakup brought shocking charges that Pitt had been abusive to one or more of their minor children. Lisa Presley and her fourth husband have recently been fighting in an unfriendly manner for child custody of their twin girls. Some of these celebrity battles may be even more contentious than many heated custody cases in Texas and the rest of the country.

Can my ex-spouse win custody after going through drug rehab?

It's something that custodial parents worry about frequently - an ex-spouse with a raging drug addiction successfully completes a course of drug rehab and decides to pursue custody of the kids. Would the courts really award custody to your former husband or wife, given his or her history of substance abuse?

Child custody decision by court depends on numerous factors

Child custody is an issue of primary importance in a Texas divorce proceeding, and while property issues can generally take their time to some extent, resolution of temporary arrangements regarding the children will be decided rather swiftly. Of course, where the parents have already decided on a framework for child custody and visitation, the family law court will often approve those terms. In some instances, the court may order modifications to what the parents have decided.

Looking to change custody arrangements? Here are 3 things to consider.

Almost no custody order is forever. Parents move and remarry and children get increasingly involved and activities as they get older. With that, custody modifications generally change. If both parents agree to the modifications, they can simply honor new rules without court intervention. If, however, one parent balks at the new schedule, a court order can ensure that both parties comply with new arrangements.

Pitt/Jolie child custody case still mired in abuse allegations

In Texas and other states, when allegations of a parent's abusive treatment of a child becomes public, the local child welfare office will likely open an investigation. When a highly-covered celebrity couple is the subject of the investigation, a private process will be difficult to maintain. This is the situation currently consuming the news reports regarding the separation, divorce and child custody proceedings involving Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.

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