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Grandparents arrested in plan to secure father's parental rights

Parents in Texas sometimes become embroiled in international custody disputes. This usually happens when a native of another country takes the children to his or her country and does not return the children. It becomes a complex process of international law and politics for the parent here to get any action taken against the parent in the other country. While that process goes on, the parent here must exist without exercising his or her parental rights.

Service member loses child custody when deployed to Afghanistan

In Texas and elsewhere, child custody can be a difficult right to enforce for active members of the military. One father serving in Afghanistan recently lost custody of his 11-year-old son, who has been living with him and his family for nine years. The child custody court that heard the case nine years ago decided that it was in the best interest of the boy for him to be in the custody of his father. 

Child custody is determined by many relevant factors

The main principle that is usually behind the decision of a Texas family court judge in a child custody case is the broad concept of "best interests of the child." This is not a static determination with preset rules but rather it will vary in each child custody case depending on the circumstances presented. The point of the rule is that the court is not determining child custody to satisfy the demands of the parents, but rather to serve the true needs of the children.

Former mistress files paternity lawsuit against Miguel Cabrera

Children born as a result of affairs is not a new occurrence. Some parents in Texas who have children born out of wedlock often turn to family law attorney to seek financial support from the other parent. A woman in another state has filed a paternity lawsuit against Major League Baseball star, Miguel Cabrera, requesting more child support than she currently has been given per month. 

You can help your child thrive even during a divorce

A divorce throws your entire life into a twist. Imagine how your child feels if you, as an adult, are struggling to handle your divorce. Yes, the divorce is the end of a marriage between you and your spouse, but it's also seemingly and end to your child's idea of a family.

Selena's brother sent to jail over child support arrearages

In Texas, the family law court has the power to put someone in jail for failing to pay child support. This is generally accomplished through the contempt powers of the court when a child support order is contemptuously ignored by the parent who owes back child support. Recently, a judge in Corpus Christi ordered the incarceration of A.B. Quintanilla, who is the brother of the deceased singing superstar, Selena.

Parents must not turn to violence in child custody matters

A significant percentage of child custody and support cases make up the family law landscape in Texas. These cases can occasionally become problematic where the parents do not act responsibly to assure the best interests of the children. Some parents and other family members will take a hardened emotional stance against the other parent in a child custody dispute, thus exacerbating the trauma that the children may have to experience.

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.

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