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December 2019 Archives

Understanding mediation in a Texas child custody case

When a Texas couple divorces, many issues will come to the forefront. Among the most important and complicated is child custody. In Texas, the parent who has custody is referred to as being in possession, and the parent who is granted visitation receives access. To settle these difficult matters, it is often beneficial to consider alternatives such as mediation.

How fathers can overcome bias when seeking child custody

Fathers who are seeking possession and access of their children may fear discrimination or bias when in the courtroom. Traditionally, fathers are viewed as the providers and mothers are viewed as the caretakers. There are several things fathers should keep in mind when seeking possession and access of their children in Texas.

International child custody dispute and abduction

When one parent in Texas has ties to another country and the parents get a divorce, there could be an international child custody dispute. In some cases, a parent may take the child out of the country without the other parent's permission. There are steps that parents who are concerned about an international abduction can take to prevent this as well as things they can do to deal with the situation if the abduction does occur.

When parents can't refuse visitation

Generally speaking, noncustodial parents in Texas have the right to visit their children on a regular basis. However, custodial parents have the right to protect their children from physical or other types of abuse. In some cases, this may mean unilaterally putting a stop to visitation or other types of contact with a son or daughter. Of course, a custodial parent would need a legitimate reason to take such action.