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.
Many Texas couples experience money issues during and after divorces, but they can takes steps to minimize the costs, divide up their assets and make long-term financial plans. In a divorce, it is important for couples to work together as much as possible, taking their emotions out of the equation. They should seek legal assistance from attorneys to ensure that they fill out the right paperwork and go through the right steps, but they can save money during divorces by going through mediation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kelsey and Camille Grammer's long divorce is finally over. The former couple have been battling it out since Camille filed for divorce in July 2010. Camille Grammer decided to file for divorce after she learned that her husband was having an affair with a British flight attendant, and the two have officially been divorced since February 2011. The former "Frasier" star married the flight attendant that same month, but there were still unresolved issues in the divorce, including disputes over substantial assets that totaled about $60 million. The former couple also had disputes regarding the three properties that they owned and child custody arrangements.
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.