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Soldier fights for parenting time between deployments

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

In Texas, when a relationship sours, the result may be an escalation of disagreements. There are two sides to every story, and when parenting time is in dispute, the battle is often fought with claims and counterclaims. One man, a soldier in the United States Army, is currently fighting against the odds for custody of his daughter, but the child's mother claims he is not what he pretends to be.

The couple dated only a few months, but during that time, she became pregnant. Just four days before the man was scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan, she told him about the baby. After his daughter was born, the man was able to see pictures of her online, and he exchanged a few letters with the child's mother. However, when he returned home, he was shocked to find that she had put a restraining order on him because of her concerns about how the war had affected him.

In contrast to the man's story, the woman claims he was violent and abused drugs. She contends he made few efforts to see or support his daughter. Although he tried to gain joint custody so the child could share his military benefits, the mother filed papers to deny his parental rights, clearing the way for adoption by her new husband. After the man's return from a second tour of duty, a judge granted her request.

Currently, the man is appealing the adoption, and the court has agreed to reconsider the woman's claims against him. Like many in Texas who are fighting for parenting time with their children, both the man and the woman have attorneys helping them. When final decisions are made in this case, the best interests of the child will be of primary consideration.

Source: mynorthwest.com, "Military custody battle and the dad fighting to see his daughter", Kim Shepard, Aug. 24, 2016

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