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Joint custody may be best choice for some children of divorce

Many childcare experts assume that children of divorce fare better if they live with only one parent. Texas children of divorce may spend time with the noncustodial parent on a court-approved schedule, but the social upheaval of moving back and forth between two homes is viewed by many as stressful for the children.

Some information about co-parenting in Texas

A parenting plan is one of the most important things to consider in divorce cases where child custody is an issue. This plan may take the form of an informal agreement between the parents, or it may consist of a formal legal document that specifies how much time children spend with each parent and other matters.

When parents do not show up for their visitation time

Texas courts consider the best interests of the child when awarding custody and visitation rights. However, just because a judge says that non-custodial parents can visit their child does not mean they will. Failing to spend time with children could hurt their feelings, but custodial parents should consider the potential damage that seeking a change to the visitation schedule in response to a parent not showing up could inflict as well.

Texas guidelines regarding visitation and custody

Under Texas law, both parents have equal rights and responsibilities when it comes to caring for their children. After a divorce, the parents are still expected to exercise those rights and responsibilities unless circumstances prevent them from doing so. This is done through a legal agreement that defines the responsibilities and legal rights of each parent after the divorce.

Child conservatorship in Texas

Child custody in Texas is known by the legal term conservatorship. The parent, rather than being known as a legal guardian or custodian, is called a conservator. As in other states, a conservator has important legal responsibilities. In many divorce cases, parents are able to use an agreed-upon agreement that must be approved by a court. Otherwise, a judge must determine what the arrangement is to be.

Indiana Pacers all-star looking to obtain full custody of child

Texas families may be interested in the legal battle being waged between one basketball star and a woman who gave birth to a baby girl that may have been his child. Pending the results of a new paternity test, the player may be seeking to exclude the child's mother from custody.

Texas law ignored for interference with child custody

Apparently, the Texas penal code 25.03 regarding interference with child custody is not enforced in most cities around the state including Dallas, El Paso, Houston and San Antonio. The law stipulates that anyone knowingly taking or retaining a child when there is a standing judgment in the custody matter is in violation of a criminal offense that can carry up to a two-year prison sentence. However, for 2012, only Austin has records indicating five arrests were made by the Travis County Sheriff's Office. The district attorney there confirmed two people were charged with interference of child custody.

Diagnosis of bone condition clears Dallas man of abuse charges

After a Texas man was accused of abusing his infant daughter, the injuries perceived as abuse were proven to be from a child's bone condition. Nine months after the initial report, the man was cleared of the allegations when doctors discovered the condition. The man was first suspected of abuse after doctors at a children's hospital determined the child had bone fractures that were "non-accidental injury." According to them, the pattern of fractures was indicative of child abuse, and police charged the man with second-degree felony injury to a child. His visitation rights were severely limited as a result.

Father gets custody of child while mom in pen

After a Texas woman allegedly sent letters to President Barack Obama that were laced with ricin, her estranged husband sought custody of the couple's newborn son. A New Boston judge awarded the father temporary child custody. She was not present during the custody hearing.

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