Parents often want what’s best for their children. They also want to have the ability to see them whenever they please. Unfortunately, as couples with children divorce, time spent with children can often be one-sided. Child custody battles can become vicious affairs if a parent believes he or she should be entitled to more time with the children. When custody agreements are overturned, some parents can be left shocked and dismayed.
Texas residents may be interested in a custody case involving a 6-year-old girl and her father, a convicted sex offender. The daughter’s parents divorced in 2008, and she had been living with her mother for her entire life as the father served six years in jail for his sexual abuse against a little girl. The father petitioned for custody after he claimed the mother did not allow him to visit his daughter. As the court proceedings concluded, the father was awarded custody of the daughter, much to her mother’s dismay.
She may believe the court treated her unfairly as they seemed to hold against her the fact that she could not immediately recall the names of all of her daughter’s doctors. The daughter had been born with a cleft lip and had been to several different doctors for facial repair. The little girl’s mother feels the decision to take her daughter from her custody was wrong, and she plans to continue to fight for the custody of her daughter. In the meantime, the mother fears for her daughter’s safety as she lives with a convicted child rapist.
No mother who fought for custody wants that privilege taken away, especially when the child may be put into a danger situation. Child custody can become a complex issue very quickly. Residents may wish to look into Texas child custody laws in order to stay informed should a situation arise in which they are fighting for their parental rights.
Source: New York Daily News, “Sex-offender dad gets sole custody of 6-year-old daughter,” Michael Walsh, June 29, 2013