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More states ruling in favor of shared parenting, child custody

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.

Jon Gosselin wants primary custody of sextuplets

Texas fans of reality TV may remember the show "Jon & Kate Plus 8," in which father Jon Gosselin and mother Kate dealt with not only a set of twins but sextuplets as well. The show has been off the air for years, and even though Jon and Kate divorced long ago, a new child custody wrinkle recently appeared in their story. Jon said during a magazine interview that he was ready to sue Kate for custody of their sextuplets, now nine years of age.

Custody agreements are enforceable internationally

Divorced people in Texas who are involved in child custody disputes with their former spouses may be aware that child custody agreements are enforceable across state lines. They may not be aware that child custody orders are enforceable internationally. A woman discovered this when she took her children from California to Europe. Her children were reunited with their respective fathers after having been separated from them for 18 months.

Battle over custody of Native American child continues

Texas readers may be interested to know that the biological father of Baby X was extradited to South Carolina. Authorities have become convinced that he's disobeying a court order that allows the adoptive parents to visit the four-year-old as she prepares to transition back to their home in this long running child custody dispute.

Actress threatens president, loses child custody

A professional actress in Texas was taken into custody on June 7 and accused of mailing poisoned communication to President Obama, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and to a leader of the mayor's gun-control group. The actress is charged with sending letters laced with ricin, a poison produced from castor beans, to the three politicians. The woman was held in federal custody and scheduled for a competency hearing on Aug. 28.

Wife alleges multimillion-dollar sham by Texas hand surgeon

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.

LGBT Parents Find Understanding in Courts

For many decades gay or lesbian parents found it difficult to retain the custody of their children if they divulged the information to their straight partners. The situation often leads to a divorce and not amicable parting of ways for both sides. In recent years LGBT parents have been given more consideration by the courts where the final decisions about custody is not solely based on sexual orientations.

Texas woman sent to jail for failing to pay child support

When a court is contemplating which parent can best serve the interests of the children from the relationship, it considers many factors. The court may consider the relationship between each child and each parent and the relationship of the parents. It may also consider the ability of each parent to support education, religious beliefs and morality. The court can also look to which parent may best be able to provide for the financial needs of a child when deciding child custody matters. Regarding this last factor, a Texas woman may have impaired her ability to win a child custody case. The 39 year old woman from Corpus Christi pleaded guilty to failing to make her child support payments for her two children who reside in Mississippi. The two counts that she pleaded guilty to were for felony non-support of the woman's children. She received a suspended jail sentence for five years for each count that runs concurrently.

Deion Sanders wins jury vote for custody

A Texas jury awarded former NFL Dallas Cowboy Deion Sanders custody of his two sons with estranged wife. The jury decided that Deion Sanders should have full child custody of his 13- and 11-year-old sons and joint custody of his 9-year-old daughter. Deion Sanders had received temporary custody of the children in May 2012 after he filed for divorce in September 2011. The jury vote was an 11-1 decision, and the jury also voted that the couple should share physical as well as legal custody of the couple's daughter. Each parent was trying to get full custody of all three children.

Texas women found guilty on kidnapping charges

Two East Texas women were recently convicted of kidnapping. This complicated case involved the two women apparently kidnapping an 8-month-old baby and hiding him until he was 8 years old. The case took an interesting turn when the two women claimed that they bought the baby from his mother for $200 and therefore had obtained child custody of the boy.While the defense attorney argued that the child's birth mother did not show any concern for the child, the prosecution determined that the two women kept the boy out of the public eye because they knew they did not have any legal rights to him. The women did not get the child the appropriate vaccinations, enroll him in school or take him to the dentist. The jury considered these actions a contradiction to the women's claims that they cared for the child properly.

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