Last week, a divorce blogger wrote an article about her child custody challenges. Multiple times, people told her that she shouldn't fight to regain custody of her son because it was a "losing battle." Her attorney also advised her to consider letting her ex-husband have sole custody.
A case before the U.S. Supreme Court will help courts across the nation, including in Texas, decide how to weigh claims that involve both state child custody laws and the federal Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA).
A Texas 12-year-old has been found after she was abducted by her mother near Dallas and brought 900 miles to Fishers, Indiana. Now, the mother, who was in the midst of a child custody dispute, faces felony charges for interfering with child custody.
When a jury awarded Deion Sanders primary custody / conservatorship of his sons and joint custody of his daughter, there was some surprise. After all, doesn't the mom usually win custody battles?
Texas child custody (conservatorship) orders are not set in stone. As the years go by, life changes. A parent may develop a disability that prevents him or her from caring for a child. A teenager may decide he wants "more time with Dad." In any case, it is possible to modify custody orders.
NFL Hall of Famer Deion Sanders has recently received good news regarding his ongoing divorce battle with his estranged wife. A Texas judge has awarded him full child custody of his 11-year-old and 13-year-old son. He received joint custody of his daughter who is 9 years old. Sanders initiated the divorce proceedings when he filed for divorce from his wife in September of 2011. While child custody has been determined, the divorce proceedings are not yet finalized. The couple must still settle matters regarding their finances, including property division of the marital assets. In addition to Sanders' professional sports background, he has also established a program to help provide nutritious meals to children while they are not in school.
Accusations of drug use may come out during a child custody case as parents argue who should be the designated custodial parent. However, a former Madisonville police sergeant may have taken this situation to a new level. According to police, the former sergeant planted drugs in his ex-wife's vehicle while the pair was going through a child custody dispute.According to authorities, the sergeant planted the drugs in 2011. A Texas trooper received a tip that someone was possibly transporting drugs. The trooper performed a traffic stop on the vehicle in question. He found methamphetamine in the ex-wife's vehicle. The officer subsequently arrested the woman and was unaware of any child custody dispute between the couple. The charges against the ex-wife were later dropped.
Texas does not legally recognize any type of same-sex relationship. However, a bill proposed in the Texas Senate has the potential to change that. If Bill 480 is passed, same-sex couples would receive legal rights that are currently granted only to married couples. For instance, laws relating to things like property rights, child custody, or adoption would also apply to same-sex couples.
One year after authorities found two children living in an abandoned school bus in Southeast Texas, the child custody battle has ended with the children being reunited with their parents. While the children were originally removed and placed into foster care by child welfare officials, a judge dismissed the case against the parents. The parents were in prison at the time after receiving 18-month sentences for conspiracy to embezzle benefits for hurricane relief. They had asked an aunt to take care of the children while they were imprisoned. However, the aunt was overwhelmed with the responsibility as she was working long shifts. At the time officials found the children, they were living in a bus that the family had moved into after evacuating for Hurricane Ike. It was renovated and furnished, had hot water, cold water, indoor plumbing and air conditioning.
A drill sergeant was anxiously awaiting the arrival of his 2-year-old daughter at a Dallas airport after a long child custody battle. However, he was disappointed to learn that a provisional stay was issued that will further delay the father's reunion with his daughter after the child was placed in an illegal adoption. A previous court made a finding that the mother of the child in question had deceived her husband, an adoption agency and the adoptive parents of the child. The judge also ordered the adoptive parents to return the child to the soldier because the mother placed her daughter in adoption proceedings without the father's consent. However, the Utah Supreme Court placed a temporary hold on this order. This provisional stay will give the court time to adjudicate the adoptive parents' request for emergency relief. There is not yet a specific timeline for which the court will make a final decision on the matter.