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Parental Termination due to Incarceration

Watching last season of Netflix’s series Orange is the New Black, I was relieved when inmate Maria Ruiz’s transfer was canceled, meaning her young daughter would still be able to visit her with the baby’s father. But in the first episode of the… Read More
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US Supreme Court Ruling allows Same Sex Marriage

As most people in the US who read the news know by now, recently the Supreme Court of the United States determined that States could not deny marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Obergefell v. Hodges, 576 U.S. ___, No. 14-556 (June 26, 2015). The C… Read More
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Parental Alienation--Child Abuse?

         Perhaps ironically, tabloids and magazines have been talking and speculating about the private life of Gossip Girl actress Kelly Rutherford and her lengthy custody battle. To make a long story short, the actress divorced her husband, wh… Read More
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When Parent's Disagree on Medical Decisions...

The Texas legislature has recognized parents’ right to consent to their children’s medical and surgical treatments. Tex. Fam. Code § 151.001(6). See also id. at § 153.132(2) (giving a parent sole managing conservator the exclusive right to co… Read More
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Frozen Embryo Agreements and Divorce

Modern Family actress Sofia Vergara and her ex Nick Loeb, creator of Onion Crunch, have been in the news lately not concerning acting or crunchy condiments but rather in vitro fertilization. In short, when the two were engaged, they created frozen em… Read More
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Who Gets Custody of the Pet in a Divorce?

What happens to the family pet in divorce cases?             When a couple divorces, their property will be split in a way that the trial court determines is “just and right”—see Tex. Fam. Code § 7.001 et seq—and custody of the… Read More
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You, Me, and Artificial Insemination Makes 3---Does Sperm Donation Make Me a "Baby-Daddy"?

You and Me and Artificial Insemination Makes Three—when providing sperm gives paternal rights               Recently in Virginia, the Court of Appeals upheld a father’s right to have custody and visitation with his child. Bruce v.… Read More
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What Can Be Done When My Child is Being Bullied.

What can be done when my child is being bullied? Parents expect schools to be safe places for their children to learn, grow, and hopefully enjoy themselves and make friends. Yet sometimes, for some children, school becomes nightmarish when they becom… Read More
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Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor- Are You Responsible for Your Child's Bad Acts?

Part of the purpose of the Juvenile Justice Code is to “emphasize the accountability and responsibility of both the parent and the child for the child’s conduct.” Tex. Fam. Code § 51.01(2)(C). A parent is per se liable for his or her child’… Read More
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When Kids Don't Want to be Kids Anymore: Texas Law on Emancipation

Under the Family Code, when a child turns 18, the child becomes an adult. In addition to being able to legally buy porn and cigarettes, a child’s 18th birthday has implications for everything from child support to criminal law. Many performers or a… Read More
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