There are approximately 6,000 children awaiting adoption in Texas. Sadly, there are too few foster homes currently to provide some children with any sort of stability whatsoever.
"Whatever happened to the person I married?" That's a question that spouses ask all the time, and that's especially true when couples' divorce. After a divorce, rather than working together to achieve goals mutually, a couple may now being actively pursuing ends that are not in the best interest of the other spouse.
A Texas law has been in place for more than 20 years in order to make certain that grandparents are not deprived of the right to see their grandchildren after a divorce has taken place. However, the law is not without its controversies as the law supposedly has been used in such a manner that parents have lost their child custody rights.
A Mennonite pastor is on trial in Vermont for helping a woman leave the United States with her daughter in the midst of a child custody dispute. The Justice Department charged the pastor with violating the federal law that makes it unlawful for a person to aid in international child abduction. The allegations against the clergyman are that in 2009 he arranged transportation and lodging for the mother and her now 10-year old daughter from Virginia to Canada and, eventually, to Nicaragua by using his contacts among the Mennonites. The allegations against the pastor are that he knew that the mother was engaged in a dispute with her former partner over custody rights and visitation when he aided her in fleeing from the U.S.
For decades, parents in Houston, Texas and all around the country have worked out visitation agreements that are tailored to their individual situations. One divorced dad in Illinois, however, has carved out a unique agreement that few people with years of experience in family law cases have ever come across.Under the conditions of his agreement, the children alternate parents for events such as birthdays and the mother has custody for several religious holidays. One of the man's annual requests was that he have his children with him for a few specific holidays: Memorial Day, St. Patrick's Day and Super Bowl Sunday.
With the death of pop icon Michael Jackson, many Texas readers were curious about who would care for the three children he left behind. Those children range in age from 10 to 15. After private interviews of the children were held by a judge, it was determined that Michael Jackson's mother, Katherine Jackson would have sole custody and responsibility for raising his three children.
Divorce can take its toll on all family members. Especially grandparents who miss regular visits with their grandchildren. If their children do not share custody or equal parenting time with their ex-spouse, taking precious time for visits to grandma's are even less likely.
A professor at a large northern university has proposed a piece of legislation titled the, "Second Chances Act." He says it was written as a way to help reduce the number of unnecessary divorces. He is also the director of a university project called "Couples on the Brink." His hope is to create an approach to marriage counseling that focuses on keeping couples together, rather than allowing them to throw up their hands in defeat, or listening to friends and relatives who keep telling them to "divorce the loser."
That headline probably does not make sense, but it will. This blog falls under the "unbelievable" category. It was so bizarre that we thought readers in Houston, Texas, would be interested in learning about the lengths some people will go to while avoiding a divorce decree or child custody court order.
Money laundering, organized criminal activity, bribery. A possible life sentence. Sometimes parents will go to any extreme when fighting for the custody of their children.