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Texas child custody: Some cases must be settled in the court

Friday, September 22, 2017

Couples in Texas may not always be able to come to an agreement over child custody. When this happens, a divorce case will be heard in court. If one party is unsatisfied with the settlement, the case could go all the way up to the state's Supreme Court. Such is the case for a prominent couple unable to agree on child custody for their daughter.

The little girl has Down syndrome and the couple has differing ideas concerning her medical care. The woman wanted to move to another state with their daughter, but the father wanted to stay where they were. Their disagreement apparently came to a divorce filing.

When the woman requested to move to New York from South Dakota, the court denied her request. However, she received a whopping judgment in the case due to a prenuptial agreement she signed. Although she was awarded almost $4 million dollars, she has appealed the verdict that gives her only $2,000 a month in child support. Now the state's highest court will hear the woman's appeal concerning both the amount of support she will receive and child custody.

Sometimes divorce cases have to go to court to be settled due to the bitterness between the parties. Although most cases won't reach the Texas Supreme Court, some may end up in a district court. It is important for couples going through a divorce to understand their legal rights when it concerns child custody or support. Doing so can ensure they receive what they are legally entitled to receive.

Source: KDLT.com, "Custody And Child Support Dispute Goes Before SD Supreme Court," Oct. 2, 2012

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