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Fathers' rights of dad violated after false accusations

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

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.

When the mother of his daughter disappeared with the child, the father contacted Child Protective Services. He was concerned for the child because her mother had begun exhibiting symptoms of delusional mental illness. After some weeks, the allegedly intoxicated mother was arrested, and the child was inexplicably placed with the mother's friend instead of with her own father. Soon after her release from jail, the mother filed a restraining order against the man, and the court did not question her apparent delusions.

Because of the restraining order, the man's military voucher for housing was revoked, leaving the man homeless. The mother continued making unfounded accusations of violence against the man, which resulted in his arrest. Having no money for bond, he was forced to stay in jail, missing visitation with his daughter. The Department of Human Services then took action to terminate his parental rights.

The charges against the man were eventually dismissed, but it was two years before he regained his fathers' rights and was reunited with his daughter. In situations like this, fathers in Texas need aggressive legal representation to protect their rights. Having an attorney who knows how to navigate the complexities of child custody laws is the best way reach a positive outcome.

Source: FOX31 Denver, "Former Homeless Dad wins 2-year battle with Weld County to keep his Daughter", Rob Low, Nov. 25, 2016

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