Spouses, including those in Texas, sometimes forget about the best interests of the child in a divorce. They are often caught in a harsh war of words and forget that their fights can have an indelible psychological impact on the children. Child custody often turns out to be a concern among warring couples. Sometimes, to take revenge on the other partner, a spouse abducts the child. In fact, cases of child abduction across international borders are on the rise.
An increasingly prevalent issue in Dallas and across the state involves grandparents' rights and the best interests of the child. Parents who are having issues coping with the raising of a child, are experiencing personal or legal trouble, or simply renounce child custody rights to allow the grandparents to raise the child happens more and more often in today's society. While it may seem unusual for grandparents who might have thought they were done raising young children to be repeating the process, it's often for the best.
In Dallas and across the state, when there are children involved in a proceeding about child custody, the main focus is the best interests of the child. When child custody rights are in dispute, numerous people could be involved. If there are accusations of abuse or failing to live up to the necessary standard of care for a child, the battle over child custody can involve various factors and be difficult to navigate.
The courts in Texas and most other states tend to favor a biological parent's custody rights over those of a non-parent. If, however, the parent is shown to be unfit or if there is concern that the child's health and safety would be negatively impacted in the parent's care, custody may be awarded to someone other than the parent. In one recent child custody case, a court considered whether a mother's status as an illegal immigrant impacted her fitness as a parent. In a decision lauded by advocates for immigrant's rights, the court ruled that the mother's immigration status was not relevant to the issue of custody. The case involved a young mother, her four-year-old daughter, and her daughter's paternal grandparents. After the woman gave birth at age 17, she moved in with the parents of her 15-year-old boyfriend, the baby's father, where she remained for more than two years. In September 2011, following a fight with the grandmother, the mother moved out, taking the girl with her. The grandparents then filed a motion for emergency custody, arguing that the mother's status as an illegal immigrant precluded her ability to care for her daughter. The trial court agreed and awarded sole legal and physical custody to the girl's grandparents.
A jury has decided a custody dispute between Deion Sanders and his estranged wife, Pilar. The one-time Dallas Cowboy and current NFL analyst will have sole child custody of the couple's two sons while he and his actress wife will share joint custody of their daughter. The two have agreed to remain in north Texas for the sake of their children.The court ruling came after a week-long trial in which jurors heard evidence of the couple's bitter arguments, which have become public knowledge. Pilar Sanders accused her husband of trying to choke her on the set of their former reality television show, while Deion Sanders' representatives said the soon-to-be-ex-Mrs. Sanders is vindictive and not trustworthy.
A child custody dispute has landed a woman in a Texas jail and may result in loss of her parental rights. After a weekend visit with her 4-year-old daughter, the woman did not return the girl to her ex-husband, who has primary custody, as required by the terms of the custody order. Instead, she took the girl with her to Mexico. When the girl did not return home at the end of the weekend, the girl's father alerted law enforcement authorities, fearing he would never see his daughter again. Several days later, the woman was arrested by U.S. Border Patrol. She currently is being held in Starr County Jail on a felony count of interference with custody. The daughter has been reunited with her father, who has asked the court for both sole custody of the girl and termination of his ex-wife's parental involvement.