In a Texas divorce and elsewhere around the country, custody issues can often be contentious. Traditionally, courts have granted mothers more time with the children than with fathers. One father in another state learned he would only see his son every other weekend after his divorce. He had once been an active parent in his son's life and was devastated to no longer be regularly involved. As a result, the man is now an advocate for fathers' rights.
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
When children are involved in a Texas divorce, there are often many issues that are contested between the ex-spouses. On occasion, these issues become common knowledge when the parties are recognized by the public. Fathers' rights issues were recently spotlighted when the father of an internet celebrity petitioned a family court to give him more decision-making authority in his daughter's life.
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.
For many unmarried dads in Texas, the end of a relationship may bring the heartache of separation from their children. Even when custody rulings are handed down, they may have to fight for their fathers' rights. This may be especially true when mental illness is a factor. One dad in another state battled for two years for custody of his daughter while the agencies he hoped would help him seemed to work against him.
A volatile marriage may lead to an unpredictable divorce. Those in Texas who face custody disputes know how contentious they can be. When one woman was unhappy with the direction her divorce was taking, she decided to risk her freedom to deny her husband his fathers' rights.
Some of the more distressing information coming from the many studies and investigations into children of divorce is the growing recognition of parental alienation. This may be a conscious or subconscious effort of one parent to turn his or her children against the other. Studies show that, in Texas and across the country, it is most often the father who becomes alienated from his children. Perhaps because of this, many states are taking a closer look at fathers' rights.
A paternity test may bring good news or bad news to a man in Texas whose fatherhood is in question. In another state, the results of a DNA test meant the end of fathers' rights for one man. Although he tried to fight for his cause in court, without an attorney to assist him, he made some crucial errors.
A father in Texas has been subjected to high levels of anxiety over concern for the well-being of his 9-year-old daughter. When a marriage or other important relationship ends, the parties involved are often balancing on an emotional high wire. One may be dealing with an obstinate ex or a child custody dispute, and during this time, it can be challenging to provide the children with the support and stability they desperately need.
When Texas parents go through a divorce or separate, one of the biggest points of contention between them can be the children. One man is attempting to stand up for his fathers' rights in the case of his son. He claims his wife failed to include him in several decisions concerning their son's medical care.
Texas fathers may sometimes feel as if they are being unfairly treated in court when it comes to child custody. One man has been fighting for years to improve fathers' rights after he lost custody of his young daughter due to an outdated state law. The man is now waiting for a decision in his case.