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Mediation can help couples to resolve child custody issues

Many divorcing couples in Texas find it impossible to agree on matters related to child custody, also known as conservatorship and possession of their children. However, they may also not be keen to having such important decisions made by a judge in the family court who has no knowledge of the family and its dynamics. An alternative option that many parents choose is mediation. In some divorce cases, a judge may order mediation for a couple to resolve their child custody issues.

Child custody brings many less obvious responsibilities

Sole custody of a child can be obtained in various ways, including an agreement arranged by parents, a parent's death, or legal custody awarded by a Texas family court. An informal custody agreement by parents is not legal and will not hold up in court if any disputes arise. Legal child custody can be either physical custody or legal custody, or both. This is a complicated area of family law and parents may want to ensure they are informed about their legal responsibilities.

Father on the run after interfering with child custody

When a child is unlawfully removed from the custody of the court-appointed custodian, it may cause extreme anguish for the parent or guardian. Removing a child without the consent of the custodial parent or another person who has child custody may be regarded as custodial interference. In Texas, such actions could have severe consequences for a person, making himself or herself guilty of kidnapping or abduction of a minor.

How can fathers prepare for child custody responsibilities?

Shared child custody is the choice of many divorcing parents in Texas. However, once that decision is made, the details have to be worked out. Devising a workable parenting plan may prove to bring about some issues that were not anticipated when deciding on joint child custody.

Knowing where to file for child custody may be complicated

Some Texas parents may consider filing for child custody but are unsure of the procedures, and when more than one state is involved, they may not know where to file. The family law statutes may differ from state to state, and parents may want to take advantage of the services of a legal professional. The circumstances of every child custody case are different, and an experienced family law attorney will be able to inform the parent of his or her legal rights relative to the state or states involved.

Opting for natural insemination -- what about child custody?

Texas couples or women who have been unable to conceive and carry a child, or those who are without a male partner, may be exploring artificial insemination as an alternative to adoption. According to an Internet forum, natural insemination is gaining popularity, as it avoids the invasive procedures of artificial insemination. Natural insemination involves women seeking donors on the Internet to fertilize them through intercourse, and men offering this service at no cost. While this may sound like the ideal money-saving solution, compared to the fees charged by sperm banks, it can become a legal nightmare. Child custody and child support claims are but some of the issues that may arise.

Halle Berry back in court over parental rights issue

Many Texas parents want what is best for their children. While going through a divorce is never easy, most parents find it emotionally challenging to come to agreements over the parental rights that they believe will have an impact on the lives of their children. Many of those who struggle to get past this stage of the divorce proceedings choose to utilize the services of a mediator. The objective input of such a professional often facilitates communication and compromise that would otherwise not have been possible.

Filing for child custody or modification in Texas

While Texas family laws favor joint child custody to encourage both parents to remain part of a child's life, one parent has the right to file a claim for sole custody of a child. Many factors related to the care of the child, the existing living conditions and the parent's ability to take proper care of the child will be considered in a child custody application. However, there are some basic requirements to be noted prior to filing such a claim.

Child custody and grandparents' rights in Texas

In the busy lifestyles of many Texas parents, extended family -- such as grandparents, uncles and aunts -- play an important part in the lives of their children. Strong bonds are often formed between children and extended family members. While the fundamental legal presumption is that a parent should have child custody and not family members, it is not uncommon for an extended family member to disagree. In certain instances, a family member will take legal action to obtain conservatorship or visitation rights to a child.

Child custody basics when considering relocation after divorce

It is not uncommon for a divorced parent to consider relocation. Reasons for relocation could be varied and may include a relationship that is new or an employer moving business operations to a different city or state. A parent who was a stay-at-home parent during the marriage may be unable to obtain suitable employment in the current location and may need to relocate to look elsewhere. Whenever a Texas parent who has child custody wants to move away, there are bound to be legal issues over the relocation.

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