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Child obesity a growing concern in child custody cases

Sunday, June 24, 2018

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.

For example, a boy in Ohio was recently taken in by that state's Children and Family Services. The boy, who is a third-grader, was said to weigh over 200 pounds. For this reason, he was removed from his mother's custody. The child protection agency that took him claimed that his medical condition was so severe that his life may have been threatened.

The court where the custody hearings took place was reportedly crowded with people, some of whom represented the mother, others the boy, and still others the child protection agency.

In such child custody disputes, the objective should always be the same: to rule in the best interest of the child. The case of this boy is no different. Typically, however, if conflicts arise, parents and other agents differ in opinion over the specifics of how to provide appropriate care for a child.

In this particular case, the court ruled that the boy would be removed from protective custody and placed in the care of his uncle. Understandably, the mother disagrees. She holds that the boy should have never been removed from her care in the first place.

All parties involved are scheduled to appear again in court to work toward a permanent solution.

Parents in El Paso with similar concerns would be wise to consult with an attorney who is familiar with Texas family law. Certain protections are available for children and parents alike, and being aware of those rights and protections can help ensure an amiable resolution for all parties involved.

Source: woio.com, "Obese child removed from his home by the county now headed to Columbus," Dec. 14, 2011

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