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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.

Texas father seeks sole custody of child

Earlier this month, a Texas man headed to court in an attempt to gain sole child custody of his daughter. This action comes after the man's ex-wife disappeared with both of her daughters and attempted to flee to Mexico with them. One of the children is the ex-husband's biological daughter while the other is the ex-wife's child from another union. The ex-wife violated the terms of the existing child custody arrangement when she tried to take the children to Mexico. She was arrested when she tried to obtain passports for herself and two children. Her ex-husband suspects she planned to drive through Mexico to get to Belize, a trip that he said can be especially dangerous for a woman to make alone with children.

Deion Sanders wins expanded parenting rights in court

Former football and baseball player Deion Sanders won a major victory in a Texas court concerning the child custody terms of his ongoing divorce. Sanders has been locked in a bitter divorce with his former wife, with whom he has three children.A Collin County judge recently ruled in Sanders' favor, allowing him and his former wife to share custody of their children, as well as granting Sanders complete control over decisions pertaining to the children's education, living arrangements and athletic activities. All other parenting decisions will be shared jointly between Sanders and his former wife. Sanders' ex-spouse previously had control over decisions concerning the children's education.

Texas woman arrested in Alaska for child abduction

A Texas woman was arrested in a child custody case during which it was alleged she took her child illegally from the state of Texas and transported him to Alaska. The Sitka, Alaska, Police Department arrested the woman, acting on a request from the United States Marshals Service for allegedly abducting her son in Amarillo, Texas. She was wanted at the time in Amarillo for interference of custody. The child has been placed with children's services pending his return to the lower 48 where he will be reunited with his father. The woman was to be arraigned on charges in Sitka Superior Court. There is no word on possible extradition to Texas to face charges at this time.

Complex custody fight unfolding in Houston

Paternity claims, maternity claims and custody fights are commonplace in Texas family courts and elsewhere, but a case in Houston may take the prize for complexity and uniqueness. A woman there wants custody of twins even though, genetically, they are not hers. The father, who is a genetic parent, says the woman was a surrogate who simply carried the babies to term. Not so, says the woman, and she wants co-parenting rights with the father who is gay and has a male partner who also wants to be part of the family. Some experts say this could be a landmark case that defines what it takes to be considered a mother.

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