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What Is a Custodial Parent?

In any Texas divorce that involves minor children, a court cannot grant a final decree of divorce until the judge is satisfied that all of the provisions affecting the children are in the children’s best interest. The divorce decree must address ea… Read More
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Motions to Modify Custody or Child Support in Texas During and After a Pandemic

These are difficult times for parents in Texas, especially those who are subject to a child custody or child support order. These kinds of orders deal with issues like where the child or children will live, how the parents may make decisions regardin… Read More
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Child Custody and Child Support in Texas During the Coronavirus

The global coronavirus pandemic has thrown much of people’s daily lives into disarray throughout Texas, across the nation, and all over the world. After officials at all levels of government issued declarations of emergency in March, many Texas cit… Read More
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What Is the Impact of a Hurricane on a Child Custody Plan in Texas?

Child custody and visitation is one of the most difficult issues in any Texas divorce. Even if the spouses have not been fighting over much of anything, disagreements over the children can turn a peaceful divorce case unpleasant quite quickly. Texas… Read More
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What the Heck is an Amicus???

In some cases involving children and custody rights, the court may appoint an amicus attorney to represent the best interests of the children. Tex. Fam. Code§ 107.001(1). But what is an amicus attorney? When are they appointed? What do they do? How… Read More
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International Child Abduction

A short look at laws in place to prevent international child abduction Since 1999, the courts of the United States have received more applications based on the Hague Convention on International Child Abduction than any other contracting country. See… Read More
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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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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, who was then dep… 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 cons… 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. Boardwin, No. 1250-14-3 (Va.… Read More
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