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Child custody: Parents charged with abducting their kids

A man and woman, both aged 32, have been returned to the Lone Star state to face charges in connection with allegedly abducting their three children. Child custody of their kids was not granted to the Texas couple who authorities say took their children during a supervised visit. Both have been charged with interference with child custody while the man faces an additional charge of unlawful restraint.

The couple apparently took the children out of state. They were taken into custody after police pinned their vehicle in a toll plaza on an interstate highway. Child Protective Services removed the children from the family home in May 2018 after a two-month investigation. Authorities allege the woman was physically abused by her husband and the children were supposed witnesses to these incidents, but their mother said the kids were never harmed physically.

When it comes to child custody, each family is unique

Just like each child, each family is unique. Texas families know that what works for one family may not fly in another. When it comes to child custody, courts can issue an order that suits an individual family unit in the best interest of a child. 

Khloe Kardashian is used to being a household name, but these days, her priority is parenting her young daughter. After giving birth to the child about a year ago, Kardashian's relationship with the child's father has become somewhat tumultuous. Despite the personal drama, both mother and father agree that the baby girl and her well-being are the absolute priority. The father is an athlete, and the two are currently trying to work out a custody arrangement that provides the child with the opportunity to spend time and develop a relationship with both parents. 

Dodging child support? Major shame in that game

Texas parents are well aware that the cost of raising a child continues to increase. Though surely, necessities such as food, clothing and shelter are expensive on their own, parents must also factor in expenses like extracurricular activities, child care, medical care and other common costs. Many single parents rely on child support to offset some of these costs, as the payments are intended to be used, but if the parent responsible doesn't make his or her payments, the other parent is left to shoulder the financial burden alone. 

Though a parent who fails to pay child support on time can face serious legal consequences, such as fines, wage garnishment and even jail time, many feel these repercussions alone do not do enough to discourage non-payment. Activists in another state have put forth a new idea that may quickly catch on elsewhere. These people have introduced legislation that would publicly shame parents who blatantly fall behind on their child support. 

Baby boomer divorce rate has doubled in past 20 years

Current data shows Texas residents and others across the country who were born between 1946 and 1964 have been ending their marriages in court at double the rate of married couples in other age groups. There are reportedly several reasons for this. While deciding to divorce is an intensely personal matter, and every spousal relationship is unique, many baby boomers find they have a lot in common regarding what types of issues prompt them to sever marital ties.

Many older spouses say they felt more comfortable filing for divorce later in life because negative social stigmas attached to such issues have greatly lessened. People live longer nowadays, and that apparently causes some couples to grow apart from their partners; the longer they're together, the less they feel they have in common. Financial disputes and infidelity are also prominent issues in many divorces that occur in the over-50 age bracket.

Parents disappointed by lack of child custody enforcement

Texas residents may assume that, once a court order is in place, the order must be followed or a person can face criminal charges. While this is certainly what the laws state, many parents who have orders pertaining to child custody are frustrated that violations by the other parent are being ignored by law enforcement. Now, parents are speaking out and demanding justice. 

Though it is not uncommon for the parents of a mutual child to establish custody arrangements by way of a legally binding court order, some parents choose to disregard the order to serve their own selfish motives. Such actions equate to disregarding the fact that court orders are established to protect the best interest of any child involved. When appropriate, child custody orders allow a child to form a bonded relationship with both parents. 

From sadness to joy: An adoption story

Families in Texas who suffer the loss of a child often feel as though they may never be happy again. However, it is possible to find a reason to smile once more, even after such an unspeakable tragedy. One out of state family turned their tears of anguish to love as they recently adopted a baby girl, three and a half years after their 23-month-old son lost his life.

The couple says they will never forget their young son and never stop missing him, but they eventually realized that they wanted more children. They tried several fertility treatments that were unsuccessful, and made the choice to pursue adoption. They became foster parents and expected they would have a long road to finally having their own children. 

A shared child custody plan is what Channing Tatum has in mind

Many Texas parents know what it feels like to live apart from their children. Often, such situations come about when parents decide they want to divorce. It is no secret that divorce has a significant impact on children's lives; however, many kids are able to cope in a healthy manner, especially when their parents work together to create amicable child custody plans. That is what actor Channing Tatum says he is trying to do.

Tatum and his estranged wife have a 5-year-old daughter. The singer/actor says he wants the court to approve a shared custody plan wherein his daughter would live with him two days a week, then with her mother for two, and alternate weekends. In fact, Tatum's thought process is quite thorough in that his proposed written terms would also include details about holidays and birthdays.

Things to keep in mind when aiming for an amicable divorce

In Texas, as in most other states, many married couples will decide to end their unions during 2019 or beyond. Such a decision is personal and typically not one that is made lightly. Not every couple who files for divorce is entangled in a bitter fight where the goal is to get revenge before the other person does. In fact, many spouses simply want to negotiate a settlement and move on in life in as non-stressful a fashion as possible.

There are several helpful ideas to keep in mind when this is the goal. The first is to focus on a new lifestyle instead of past hurts and old marital problems. What's done is done, and coming to terms with the situation may be a lot easier if the focus is on the future instead of the past.

Mother reclaims child custody after father commits crimes

Texas parents want what is best for their children, and in cases where parents do not live together, and are not in a romantic relationship, there are decisions that must be made about any children they share. Sometimes, even when a parent loves his or her children very much, and is by all accounts a loving and attentive parent, it may work out better for the children to live primarily with the other parent. In one recent case, what appeared to be a beneficial move for the children quickly turned into an immediate change in child custody

A Texas mother waved goodbye as her children climbed into their father's car, off to live with him in another state. They did not make it very far, however, because the father was pulled over for an alleged driving infraction. When police looked into the vehicle, they were shocked to allegedly find firearms and drugs. The children, likely frightened and confused, were taken into state custody as the father was arrested. 

Government shutdown affecting child support cases

Texas residents are aware by now that the federal government is in the midst of a shutdown. Many federal employees have missed paychecks already. For employees who have children, many are facing the prospect of being unable to pay their child support

Child support payments are ordered by the court to ensure that children have their financial needs met as they grow. Parents know that missing child support payments can result in serious consequences, including criminal charges. When a parent is employed but not collecting a paycheck, they may not know what to do. It can be tricky to explain to a court that a parent is working full time but has not been paid and is unable to meet his or her financial obligations. Many parents affected by the shutdown are also struggling with things like mortgage payments, groceries and other everyday expenses. 

McKinney TX Family Law Blog | Barbara L. Jouette, Attorney, P.C.
Main Menu Practice Areas
Barbara L. Jouette, Attorney, P.C.
888-268-7997 / 214-385-4562

McKinney TX Family Law Blog

Child custody: Parents charged with abducting their kids

A man and woman, both aged 32, have been returned to the Lone Star state to face charges in connection with allegedly abducting their three children. Child custody of their kids was not granted to the Texas couple who authorities say took their children during a supervised visit. Both have been charged with interference with child custody while the man faces an additional charge of unlawful restraint.

The couple apparently took the children out of state. They were taken into custody after police pinned their vehicle in a toll plaza on an interstate highway. Child Protective Services removed the children from the family home in May 2018 after a two-month investigation. Authorities allege the woman was physically abused by her husband and the children were supposed witnesses to these incidents, but their mother said the kids were never harmed physically.

When it comes to child custody, each family is unique

Just like each child, each family is unique. Texas families know that what works for one family may not fly in another. When it comes to child custody, courts can issue an order that suits an individual family unit in the best interest of a child. 

Khloe Kardashian is used to being a household name, but these days, her priority is parenting her young daughter. After giving birth to the child about a year ago, Kardashian's relationship with the child's father has become somewhat tumultuous. Despite the personal drama, both mother and father agree that the baby girl and her well-being are the absolute priority. The father is an athlete, and the two are currently trying to work out a custody arrangement that provides the child with the opportunity to spend time and develop a relationship with both parents. 

Dodging child support? Major shame in that game

Texas parents are well aware that the cost of raising a child continues to increase. Though surely, necessities such as food, clothing and shelter are expensive on their own, parents must also factor in expenses like extracurricular activities, child care, medical care and other common costs. Many single parents rely on child support to offset some of these costs, as the payments are intended to be used, but if the parent responsible doesn't make his or her payments, the other parent is left to shoulder the financial burden alone. 

Though a parent who fails to pay child support on time can face serious legal consequences, such as fines, wage garnishment and even jail time, many feel these repercussions alone do not do enough to discourage non-payment. Activists in another state have put forth a new idea that may quickly catch on elsewhere. These people have introduced legislation that would publicly shame parents who blatantly fall behind on their child support. 

Baby boomer divorce rate has doubled in past 20 years

Current data shows Texas residents and others across the country who were born between 1946 and 1964 have been ending their marriages in court at double the rate of married couples in other age groups. There are reportedly several reasons for this. While deciding to divorce is an intensely personal matter, and every spousal relationship is unique, many baby boomers find they have a lot in common regarding what types of issues prompt them to sever marital ties.

Many older spouses say they felt more comfortable filing for divorce later in life because negative social stigmas attached to such issues have greatly lessened. People live longer nowadays, and that apparently causes some couples to grow apart from their partners; the longer they're together, the less they feel they have in common. Financial disputes and infidelity are also prominent issues in many divorces that occur in the over-50 age bracket.

Parents disappointed by lack of child custody enforcement

Texas residents may assume that, once a court order is in place, the order must be followed or a person can face criminal charges. While this is certainly what the laws state, many parents who have orders pertaining to child custody are frustrated that violations by the other parent are being ignored by law enforcement. Now, parents are speaking out and demanding justice. 

Though it is not uncommon for the parents of a mutual child to establish custody arrangements by way of a legally binding court order, some parents choose to disregard the order to serve their own selfish motives. Such actions equate to disregarding the fact that court orders are established to protect the best interest of any child involved. When appropriate, child custody orders allow a child to form a bonded relationship with both parents. 

From sadness to joy: An adoption story

Families in Texas who suffer the loss of a child often feel as though they may never be happy again. However, it is possible to find a reason to smile once more, even after such an unspeakable tragedy. One out of state family turned their tears of anguish to love as they recently adopted a baby girl, three and a half years after their 23-month-old son lost his life.

The couple says they will never forget their young son and never stop missing him, but they eventually realized that they wanted more children. They tried several fertility treatments that were unsuccessful, and made the choice to pursue adoption. They became foster parents and expected they would have a long road to finally having their own children. 

A shared child custody plan is what Channing Tatum has in mind

Many Texas parents know what it feels like to live apart from their children. Often, such situations come about when parents decide they want to divorce. It is no secret that divorce has a significant impact on children's lives; however, many kids are able to cope in a healthy manner, especially when their parents work together to create amicable child custody plans. That is what actor Channing Tatum says he is trying to do.

Tatum and his estranged wife have a 5-year-old daughter. The singer/actor says he wants the court to approve a shared custody plan wherein his daughter would live with him two days a week, then with her mother for two, and alternate weekends. In fact, Tatum's thought process is quite thorough in that his proposed written terms would also include details about holidays and birthdays.

Things to keep in mind when aiming for an amicable divorce

In Texas, as in most other states, many married couples will decide to end their unions during 2019 or beyond. Such a decision is personal and typically not one that is made lightly. Not every couple who files for divorce is entangled in a bitter fight where the goal is to get revenge before the other person does. In fact, many spouses simply want to negotiate a settlement and move on in life in as non-stressful a fashion as possible.

There are several helpful ideas to keep in mind when this is the goal. The first is to focus on a new lifestyle instead of past hurts and old marital problems. What's done is done, and coming to terms with the situation may be a lot easier if the focus is on the future instead of the past.

Mother reclaims child custody after father commits crimes

Texas parents want what is best for their children, and in cases where parents do not live together, and are not in a romantic relationship, there are decisions that must be made about any children they share. Sometimes, even when a parent loves his or her children very much, and is by all accounts a loving and attentive parent, it may work out better for the children to live primarily with the other parent. In one recent case, what appeared to be a beneficial move for the children quickly turned into an immediate change in child custody

A Texas mother waved goodbye as her children climbed into their father's car, off to live with him in another state. They did not make it very far, however, because the father was pulled over for an alleged driving infraction. When police looked into the vehicle, they were shocked to allegedly find firearms and drugs. The children, likely frightened and confused, were taken into state custody as the father was arrested. 

Government shutdown affecting child support cases

Texas residents are aware by now that the federal government is in the midst of a shutdown. Many federal employees have missed paychecks already. For employees who have children, many are facing the prospect of being unable to pay their child support

Child support payments are ordered by the court to ensure that children have their financial needs met as they grow. Parents know that missing child support payments can result in serious consequences, including criminal charges. When a parent is employed but not collecting a paycheck, they may not know what to do. It can be tricky to explain to a court that a parent is working full time but has not been paid and is unable to meet his or her financial obligations. Many parents affected by the shutdown are also struggling with things like mortgage payments, groceries and other everyday expenses.