Over the past several years, there have been changes to laws that affect families and children. With the passage of marriage equality in 2015 by the Supreme Court, other changes regarding child custody have been undertaken in several states. However, there is concern that one case submitted to the Supreme Court has the potential to adversely impact parental rights in Texas and elsewhere.
In the modern age of social media, people are bombarded with statistics and claims that often prove to be false. While there is much emotional turmoil surrounding family law issues, including child custody, a recent social media post that claimed fathers were committing suicide over custody issues was debunked. Texas residents who are struggling with this issue may have seen various forms of this statistic while scrolling social media sites.
Family court judges are expected to adhere to the same rules of conduct that are expected of any other member of the judiciary. This includes avoiding relationships that could be interpreted as favoring a parent who is involved in a child custody case. Texas residents who have any concerns over the impartiality of a member of the court do have the right to file an appeal.
There are many reasons why parents decide to divorce. In many cases, one spouse may realize that the relationship has become unhealthy due to the behavior of the other spouse. Unfortunately, if one parent tends to dominate in relationships, then relationships with children can be adversely affected once the issue of child custody has been settled. Texas parents who find themselves dealing with parental alienation can work to overcome this troubling issue.
Every parent hopes to instill warm memories of a loving childhood in the hearts of their children. This may seem nearly impossible in the aftermath of a divorce and resulting child custody disagreements. However, Texas parents who go the extra mile to focus on their children's needs may realize that objective over time.
For most Texas parents, few things are more stressful than a perceived threat to one's child, or the prospect of losing access to a beloved child. Child custody cases often bring out the very worst in terms of parental fear. Fear of the unknown, fear of repercussions for one's children, fear of losing out on parenting time. All of these can make it tempting to choose actions based on emotion, rather than reason. That approach, however, can have devastating consequences for both parent and child.
Some relationships just do not work out. No matter how hard each individual tries, there are just some things that cannot be resolved and it is time for the Texas couple to part ways. When the couple has only been together for a short amount of time and there are no children involved, this is typically a fairly painless process. However, once children are involved, the process becomes more complicated and child custody issues become a concern.
While negotiating a divorce, Texas parents often take great care in making sure that they do what is best for their children. They look at where the child should live and provide opportunities for the child to stay connected to the other parent. Yet, one area that can easily be overlooked is how the divorce will affect the child's future education. The divorce agreement and child custody can play a role in the financial aspects related to the child and college.
Parents who separate or divorce will want what's best for their children. In a joint custody situation in Texas, that may mean putting their animosity aside and focusing on their children's needs as they move forward with co-parenting. Joint custody works best when parents still believe they are family even though the family dynamic may have changed.
During a marital breakup, for whatever reasons, one parent may wish to opt out of his or her children's lives. Texas law makes that doable by having that parent relinquish his or her parental rights. This might happen when it comes to deciding child custody in the event of divorce. Parents may be able to terminate their parental rights of their own accord or a court will terminate those rights when it believes it is in the best interests of the child.