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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.

How to obtain custody after a relationship ends

In a Texas divorce case, there is a chance that both parents will obtain custody of their children. The first step in the child custody process is to learn more about what state law says about obtaining parental rights. Generally, the best interests of the child will determine who gets custody of a son or daughter. Courts will likely use a variety of factors such as the strength of the relationship between a parent and child when crafting their rulings.

Ways to make co-parenting with a difficult ex a success

Co-parenting with a toxic ex-spouse can bring a huge amount of drama, such as accusations, manipulation and the constant pushing of limits. Texas residents may be interested in learning a few ways that they can maintain their focus, which is parenting their children, despite dealing with a narcissist or difficult ex-spouse.

How to co-parent through conflict

Not every co-parenting relationship after a divorce works smoothly. Some parents in Texas may have an ex-spouse who is volatile, manipulative and narcissistic. To deal with this, parents need to focus on two things. One is the best interests of the children. The other is controlling their own reactions.

Common custody hearing issues

When parents in Texas separate, child custody is often a primary concern. In many cases, exes can negotiate a parenting plan between themselves. However, there are some instances in which issues regarding child custody must go before a judge. Unfortunately, custody hearings are sometimes scheduled at a time that is inconvenient for a parent.

Creating a schedule for possession and access with infants

Determining an access schedule for Texas divorced parents of infants can mean addressing a number of issues, including whether the child will have overnight visits and what a breastfeeding mother will do. Not all courts will order overnights for infants, so this might not be an issue for some parents.

Both parents have rights after a divorce

Noncustodial parents in Texas are often granted the right to spend time with their children. However, they must do whatever is in the child's best interest to retain those rights over the long-term. In some cases, a court may order supervised visitation to ensure the safety of a minor when in the presence of a potentially dangerous parent. Regardless of whether visitation is supervised or not, a parent should show up on time as scheduled.

Making custody transitions easier on children

Divorcing parents in Texas generally do all they can to make custody transitions as easy as possible on their kids. These moments can be emotionally traumatic for children who harbor hopes of a reconciliation. That's why it's important that parents are on the same page during pickups and drop-offs. These are also inappropriate times for parents to argue about money or other issues. Instead, parents should act calmly and cordially but stop short of faux displays of affection.