El Paso readers may be aware of the growing concerns over child obesity throughout the country. And parents in Texas will be interested to hear exactly how those concerns have begun to bear considerably on child custody issues. Recently, across the nation, a number of child custody cases regarding obesity have resulted in a child being removed from his or her home.
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
More often than not, when a child is born out of wedlock in Texas, the single mother makes a claim for a court order that may award child support. At that point, the judge must determine if the man involved is in fact the father of the baby. If the father does not acknowledge paternity, the court generally requires that paternity testing be used to determine the truth. And if the test confirms the parentage, the child custody and support proceedings continue under state guidelines.
At times, child custody issues go beyond divorce and separation. One such case that is particularly saddening to discuss involves a Texas couple who were convicted of abusing their then 10-year-old daughter. The parents are trying to keep their parental rights even as they both sit in prison for injuring their child. The decision as to whether or not this child custody case will result in complete loss of their rights as parents will be left to a jury.The man and woman are not married but have a child in common. They were convicted of forcing their daughter to take a scalding hot shower that left the girl with third-degree burns. The father is now serving a 12-year sentence, while the mother is serving a 13-year sentence. Both parents were also convicted on numerous other charges, all associated with their treatment of their daughter.
Few child custody cases are straightforward, but some are filled with a number of twists and turns. Take the example of one couple. The man used to live with his girlfriend in Texas. He now contends that she stole his sperm and impregnated herself at a fertility clinic, all without his knowledge or consent. He is suing for full child custody of their twin 4-year-old sons.The 36-year-old father says that three months after he broke up with his ex-girlfriend, in 2007, she told him she was pregnant. The man began paying $800 a month in child support after a DNA test proved the paternity of the child. In February 2011, the man apparently found a receipt in his mailbox for sperm cryopreservation. He called Omni-Med Laboratory, the company that had sent him the paperwork. The company referred him to the Advanced Fertility Center of Texas, where he was asked to sign a medical release form.