In a scenario that could be any custodial parent's worst nightmare, a mother sends her child off to visit his father in another state. The day the child is due home, the father calls and says he and his new wife have decided they want the child to live with them. The mother then finds herself embroiled in a child custody dispute playing out in a courtroom on the other side of the country. The mother's legal and travel expenses mount. Her employer becomes impatient with her frequent need to take time off work. Ultimately, she loses the case and is ordered to pay child support to her ex-spouse. Worst of all, she now sees her child only a few weeks a year.Can something like this really happen? Unfortunately, the scenario outlined above is drawn from several real-life cases. It can be prevented, however, if one avoids making two crucial errors in dealing with an interstate child custody situation.
A lot has happened since a parent last saw her son in 2009. Her ex-spouse moved with the boy from California to Plano, Texas. And the parent underwent gender reassignment surgery, transitioning from a man to a woman. The woman believes it is time her son, age 13, learns that his father is now a woman. Will a court agree to let that happen?
A Texas judge has decided an unusual child custody case involving a surrogate mother and the man she claims tricked her. The judge ruled that a woman who gave birth to twins using a donor egg is a mother to the children she carried. Had the judge ruled against the woman, there could have been implications for other women who give birth using donor eggs.The case arose in July when the 48-year-old woman gave birth to the twins. She was not biologically related to the children. Instead, a friend had paid for the woman's in vitro fertilization using a donor egg and his sperm. Although the two were not in a romantic relationship, the woman believed they would raise the children together. It was only when a social worker visited her in the hospital after the children were born that she first learned the man considered her to be a surrogate.
After spending eight years in seclusion after he was abducted, a Texas boy who was found in March will remain under foster home care as his parents struggle to regain child custody. The 8-year-old boy will have to undergo rehabilitation sessions with his parents before the courts give a directive on the fate of the boy's legal custody. The boy's former babysitter and the babysitter's mother are behind bars; they are charged with kidnapping him.A federal court judge ruled that the youngster would continue living in a foster home while attending therapy together with his parents, for an undisclosed period. However, the child custody proceedings will be deliberated further, following the judge's directive to have another hearing set for January.
It's that time of year again -- back-to-school time, which means new clothes, new lunchboxes, new haircuts and new routines. For divorced parents, especially those who are recently divorced, there may be additional responsibilities for getting your kids ready to start the new year.