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Child Custody Archives

Child custody dispute pits tribal courts against parents

From time to time, a custody battle arises that involves a Native American tribal court. Very often, these cases receive a great deal of media attention in Texas and elsewhere due to issues of jurisdiction and authority of tribal courts outside of established reservation land. An example is currently in the news, and centers on a couple who lost child custody of their infant daughter just days after her birth. 

Parents lose child custody over living arrangements

An unusual child custody case has gone before a West Coast court after a family was found living in extreme poverty. Three children were removed from the home, and the parents placed in jail. While the parents have now been released from custody, their children still remain in the custody of the county. The court is now faced with determining whether the family's living arrangements constitute neglect, which has stirred debate in Texas and across the nation.

Grandparents win child custody of transgender teen

A judge awarded custody of a transgender teen to her grandparents after what was an emotionally tense and difficult legal matter. That outcome is seen as a win for advocates for transgender youth, but it is also a loss for a family struggling to come to terms with their child's decisions. For many in Texas, this type of child custody case is unimaginable, but states across the nation are having to weigh these types of legal matters. 

This child custody dispute led to jail time for one father

Going through a custody fight is stressful. It's easy for Texas parents to let emotion overwhelm reason during child custody cases. That said, parents must set their emotions aside and follow the rules of the court if they are unable to work things out and reach a settlement on their own. As one man found, failure to follow the rules can come with serious punitive measures. 

Child custody case centers on medical child abuse

An unusual custody case has resulted in a Texas father being reunited with his son and a mother facing criminal charges connected to the boy's medical issues. The child custody resolution is a welcome relief for the father, who has been fighting for years to have the courts and child protective services intervene in the matter. The father and son were reunited in time to spend Christmas together, and the mother now faces serious criminal charges. 

The role of paternity in child custody disputes

There are many cases where a custody battle is waged between Texas parties where only one person has a biological link to a child. The flip side of those child custody arguments is when a man has been subjected to paternity fraud and led to believe that he is the father of a child that is not his. Those cases are challenging, both for the individuals involved and the courts who hear such matters. 

Same-sex parent seeks child custody rights

Another custody battle between same-sex parents is making headlines in Texas and across the nation. In this case, two women were legally married and decided to bring a child into the world using a sperm donor. When the relationship deteriorated, the parties began arguing over parental rights in a child custody case.

How addiction can impact a child custody dispute

Far too many Texas families struggle with addiction. Coming to terms with a friend or family member's drug or alcohol problems can be difficult, especially when there are children involved. For some parents, addiction plays a central role in a child custody dispute. It's important to understand how addiction is likely to impact the child custody process.

Child custody outcome leads to public outrage

Some Texas readers may be aware of a current case in a different state in which a rape victim was forced into a custody case with the man who assaulted her. While the parties were not involved in a traditional child custody standoff, many people are shocked that the court system allowed such a case to move forward. The judge and other officials involved in the matter are scrambling to rectify the situation.

Child custody case centers on vaccination issue

Many Texas parents are concerned about the safety of childhood immunizations. Some even choose to avoid vaccinations altogether, a choice that is supported by law. An unusual child custody case recently placed a mother in the unusual position of having to choose between her deeply held beliefs and compliance with a court order. 

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