The rise in divorce rates in Texas and elsewhere has resulted in an increase in single parent households. Many of these are run by single moms, but there has been a fairly rapid rise in the number of households led by single dads as well. A recent Pew Research Center study found that in 1960, there were an estimated 300,000 households with minor children headed by single fathers, with the number growing to 2.6 million by 2011.
If some family law advocates have their way, divorcing parents in Texas and around the country may serve as legally equal partners in the raising of their children. The idea of shared child custody, not just on paper but also in terms of responsibilities and parenting time, seems to be gaining ground. Some feel this is a reflection of the changes in gender roles over the past few decades, creating a situation in which many noncustodial parents chafe at the limited roles allowed them by the courts.
A well-known Texas hand surgeon was running nine different front companies to collect millions in a complex sham, according to his estranged wife. Child custody and visitation changes were demands made in her fifth amended petition to modify the terms of her divorce from the surgeon. She sought sole custody of the children, with only supervised visitation from their father. She was also suing her husband for fraud, saying that he moved money to hide it during the divorce proceedings.