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Proposed custody law aimed at fathers' rights

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

A Texas bill has been proposed that would allow for equal custody for mothers and fathers during a divorce. Advocates of fathers' rights are actively supporting the bill. However, a former family judge does not believe the law should mandate custody of children.

Texas House Bill 453 has been written to give both parents equal custody following a divorce. Supporters contend that current law favors mothers in custody matters. They believe this bill will allow parents to enter into divorce proceedings with an equal advantage. The law would not address child support or other issues considered detrimental to the child, according to proponents of the bill. Similar laws have been passed in at least five states.

The former family judge believes that every divorce is unique and custody cases often get messy. She does not support a law that would determine the amount of custody each parent receives. She also does not accept the notion that mothers are favored by the system in custody issues. One problem she specifies with the bill is that it does not give any direction on what the equal custody would mean in practice. While a similar bill died in 2015, fathers' rights supporters plan to seek approval for the new law.

Going through a Texas divorce can be a stressful experience. Child custody issues often make that process even more emotional for those involved. An experienced family law attorney would be a helpful advocate in understanding fathers' rights. Many Texas residents seek counsel to help them protect their interests and achieve the best possible outcome in their divorce proceedings.

Source: wfaa.com, "Texas fathers fight for equal custody law at legislature", Jason Whitely, Feb. 6, 2017

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