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.
Today, in Houston and the rest of the United States, there is an experience that many native-born folks might be having that they never thought they would. It's culture shock. The phenomenon is something you might feel if you were to travel to another country and stay there for some extended period. You, being an outsider, might come to feel disconnected and out of sorts until you become acclimated.
Divorced parents in Texas know how difficult it can be to get through the summer without haggling about parenting time. This is especially true if vacation time and holidays were not part of a court ordered parenting schedule agreed upon at the time of the divorce. This can be a stressful time for children and parents, regardless of who has child custody.
Many unmarried fathers in Texas and across the country are denied their rights as fathers, and many feel like they are battling laws that are against them. While laws vary from state to state, when child custody laws, unwed parents and adoptions form part of one issue, the help of a skilled family law attorney may be invaluable. One father in another state recently explained the battle he has been fighting for six years.
Ending a marriage will always be difficult, particularly when there are children involved. Although many Texas parents agree that co-parenting will be most beneficial for the children, post-divorce resentment and contention between some parents may make it tough to co-parent effectively. However, with fast-moving technology and the ever-increasing number of applications becoming available for smartphones and other devices, face to face contact may be entirely avoided