For many fathers, being a dad is an incredibly important part of their life. According to Pew Research Center data, around 57 percent of fathers point to parenting as being an extremely important aspect of their life.
Child custody is often the most emotionally charged and contentious part of a divorce. Even in an amicable split, child custody can be difficult for the parents to agree upon. Many fathers in Texas feel that fathers' rights are limited when it comes to equal child custody during a divorce, something they say would be corrected by the passage of a bill before the state legislature.
Children are often the innocent victims of divorce, subject to decisions that can affect them for the rest of their lives. In regards to infants and toddlers, some parents in Texas and across the country, along with renowned psychologists, have had concerns over a mother's relationship with her infant child being negatively affected when the child has frequent visitation with their father that include overnight stays. But the results of a study just released by Arizona State University shows that no matter what their age, children benefit from spending time with each parent, including sleepovers at both homes.
One of the most powerful mental blocks that any Texas spouse can encounter during the end of a marriage is the force of inertia. Once an individual becomes mired in the details of a divorce or child custody case, it can become difficult to move forward. That leads to wasted time, additional stress and often increased legal fees. It is important to have a plan of action for addressing divorce inertia.
Many Texas parents go through incredibly difficult custody battles, emerging stunned and shocked at how rough and impersonal the legal system can be. For others, a child custody case can initiate a lifelong commitment to raising awareness of certain issues. For one man, an unusual court case has prompted him to bring attention to a serious fathers' rights issue.
If you are in the midst of a custody dispute, you cannot discount the possibility that the other parent may want to move to a new city with the child. Given our mobile society, it is fairly common for people to change cities to find a new job, move closer to one's support system, or to start a new life with a new relationship partner.
For a child, there’s nothing like the excitement and anticipation of a new school year. Even though they may not show it right now, they are probably bored of summer and ready to meet new classmates, new teachers and experience new things.
In custody disputes, fathers tend to think that they are squarely behind the eight-ball, even before they have an initial hearing before the court. This is because of well-founded fears that family court is a bastion for mothers and that men tend not to get a fair shake. The numbers support these fears. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 80 percent of all single parent households are headed by women.
Parents embroiled in custody and parenting time disputes may already be stressed out. The prospect of one person deciding when or whether you can see your own children is enough to make a bad situation much worse. If the relationship is particularly contentious, it is possible that a domestic abuse or harassment allegation may become part of the proceedings, even if there is no evidence to support it.
Many cases in the family court system can be emotional and life-changing for all involved. Cases involving paternity can affect the parents, the child and may involve all sorts of situations and scenarios. Texas parents can benefit from knowing what to expect and what the consequences may be for parents and children during and after a paternity suit.