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Thursday, June 29, 2017

This new child custody arrangement is raising eyebrows

These days, more couples here in Texas and elsewhere are experimenting with different ways of raising their children after a divorce. Joint custody and co-parenting are more acceptable now than ever before. However, there is a relatively unique child custody arrangement that some divorced parents are trying, and some of them are succeeding with it.

Child custody issues: Shared parenting good for children

Going through a divorce can be a stressful experience for Texas residents and others around the country. Tension may run even higher when issues of child custody are addressed in the proceedings. Traditionally, mothers were granted custody, while fathers had visitation rights. However, this trend is rapidly changing, and many experts applaud the shift in thinking.

Summer vacation will affect some Texas child custody situations

The school year is winding down for many students in Texas and throughout the nation. Many parents are currently planning summer vacations; in fact, some have already booked beach condos or woodland cabins at their favorite destinations. It's typically a fun time of year when parents and children look forward to a little R & R; however, certain child custody situations may put a damper on vacation plans.

Twins involved in complicated child custody case

Unmarried couples in Texas and around the country often have children. In many circumstances, both parents stay actively involved in the children's lives. However, in a recent case in another state, a man was unaware he is the father to twins, a girl and a boy. Now he is involved in a complicated child custody case.

Mother sought in Texas child custody case

Going through a divorce is often a highly emotional experience for those involved. It can be even more stressful when children are involved. Many couples in Texas and throughout the country attempt to negotiate child custody agreements that are in the best interest of their children. In most cases, these agreements are properly followed and all parties continue with their day-to-day activities. However, when a former spouse disregards the terms of an agreement, a difficult situation can quickly worsen.

Few states prevent accused rapists from seeking child custody

There are not many places in the country where a woman can safely raise her child if that child was conceived during a sexual assault. In many states, she may have to face her attacker on a regular basis if he decides to seek child custody. Forty-three states have some limited protections under such circumstances, and eight of those states enacted those protections just this year. Texas may have one of the most victim-friendly laws on the books.

Getting life back on track when faced with child custody problems

Parents in Texas and beyond typically want what is best for their children. When a divorce occurs, former spouses may disagree on how to interpret their children's best interests. Such disagreements often lead to drawn out debates and contentious courtroom battles, with strong emotions evoked on both sides. Settling child custody issues may prove difficult unless outside intervention is sought.

Unwed fathers must often fight for child custody

According to statistics compiled by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 40 percent of births in Texas and elsewhere in 2014 were to unwed mothers. That accounts for over a million children. When children are born to married couples, the state assumes that both parents equally share the rights and responsibilities of raising the child. However, when parents are not married, fathers typically must have their child custody rights established by court decisions, especially if the parents are no longer a couple.

Apps simplify child custody when relationships are strained

Divorced parents in Texas may dread interactions with former spouses. However, if there are children involved, this cannot be avoided. Child custody often involves sharing information and updating one another about schedules, school concerns and health issues. Fortunately, technology is keeping up with the need for stress-free communication between co-parents and even step parents. There are numerous apps available to assist families in communicating effectively.

In child custody battles, parents may resort to unfair tactics

Parental alienation happens when one parent turns a child against the other parent. This often occurs in a divorce when one parent is unwilling to give up even part of child custody. That parent may brainwash the child against the co-parent even if the co-parent previously had a good relationship with the child. Any parent in Texas who has experienced this kind of alienation understands the heartbreak and the long lasting consequences.