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Gosselin custody issues

Texas parents dealing with custody issues involving more than one child may relate to the frustrations of Jon and Kate Gosselin and their eight children. As children get older, there may be points at which they wish that circumstances would change. In the case of one of the older Gosselin daughters, her father is seeking custody due to the girl's allegations of her mother's cruelty. However, parents of multiple children can face an uphill battle in seeking custody changes for just one child.

When a parent has been awarded primary custody of siblings, the family connections can play a major role in deciding future custody action. Although an older child's wishes may be taken into consideration, it is also important to realize that the perceptions of an adolescent can be very emotional. In the eyes of a pre-teen, for example, a parent's reasonable disciplinary actions might be viewed as cruel. In the Gosselin matter, the daughter involved in the custody challenge is 11, an age at which a child's wishes typically aren't considered by the legal system.

In a case involving poor conditions for one child in a current custody situation, the well-being of all siblings might be a concern for court officials. A parent may have a difficult time proving that conditions have only deteriorated for one child. Additionally, many custody arrangements allow for flexibility, enabling parents to make adjustments to accommodate children's concerns without the need to overhaul an entire custody plan.

Although it can be difficult to make custody changes for just one child in a family, it may be beneficial to discuss specific concerns with a family law attorney in order to evaluate possible solutions. In some cases, parenting plan changes might be negotiated in an amicable fashion. In other situations, however, a parent might find that it is necessary to take the matter to court because of the nature of a concern.

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