As you likely know, same-sex couples face some unique legal issues when it comes to child custody. Texas courts are still adjusting to the legalization of same-sex marriage and laws have not quite caught up when it comes to divorce and custody issues. This can lead to sticky situations when courts are trying to decide custody.
Custody battles can be messy and stir up a lot of emotions. While deciding to split with your partner, it became apparent to you that your soon-to-be-ex is not in a position to handle physical custody of the children. Unfortunately, they disagree and now it's up to a judge to decide how custody should be awarded.
When parents separate, whether married or not, the best interest of the children will always be the most important factor when deciding on custody and visitation. Not all splits are amicable, which can make it difficult to come to an agreement. Getting along or finding a way to be civil with your ex, will be the best gift you could ever give your children. Don't put them in the middle of your relationship problems; it's not their fault you & your ex couldn't make it work.
One of the most antagonistic issues when a marriage between parents ends, whether it is in Texas or any other state, involves matters concerning the children and who will raise them. While parents typically want what is best for their children, coming to mutual agreements can be tough. In most divorce cases, the courts avoid excluding one parent from child custody except when there is evidence of physical, drug or alcohol abuse by a parent. However, the preferences of parents will be considered by the court. Before parents negotiate child custody, it may help to understand the different options.
After many months of rumors about splitting up, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt called it quits. Jolie recently filed for divorce, and the world is waiting to see how the couple will settle child custody and support issues. Even in a divorce of an ordinary Texas couple, making decisions that will be in the best interests of each of six children will be tough.
What is a parent? The dictionary can give you different definitions depending on the context in which the word is used. However, general language use of the word may differ from the legal definition. That difference can have a major impact on how courts in Texas consider and resolve child custody disputes. This may be particularly true in cases involving same-sex couples.
We have written before about the challenges ease of travel can present in Texas child custody and visitation disputes. In one article on this subject we noted how one parent being a member of the military can complicate crafting viable parenting plans.
When the welfare of a child is involved many parties can wind up competing to do what they think is best. Government officials in Texas have an interest in trying to protect children from abusive situations. Would-be parents who are unable to have children of their own may seek to adopt, inspired by love and a desire to provide a child a good home.
There are some who hold to the tenet of marriage as hallowed institution. Divorce for them represents a tear in the social fabric. What that fails to recognize is just how common divorce has become. In some cases, it may be essential or the well-being of everyone concerned. This may be particularly true where mental health issues are a factor.
Father's Day 2016 is just past. We wonder how many dads around Houston are now walking around with a new mug or tee shirt declaring him "World's Greatest Dad." It's a well-deserved title in most cases, even if the standard by which it is set is in the eye of the beholder.