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Parent's drug use can become child custody concern

Texas, along with the rest of the country, is in the midst of a drug crisis. Cases of severe addiction and overdoses continue to skyrocket nationwide. If a family is concerned that a member is struggling with substance abuse, they may feel they need to take action to change child custody to save any children in the home. 

Reality star prepares for possible child custody battle

Though surely not the first celebrity to hail from Texas, Tila Tequila remains a favorite tabloid target. The reality star has often found her face splashed across headlines dishing the latest on her sometimes wild lifestyle. Tila, who is a mother, now must worry that her on-screen antics may affect child custody. Though she is no stranger to controversy, she has been accused by the father of her child of allowing her reality star persona to negatively affect their 4-year-old daughter. 

Violating child custody order is criminal offense

Though it may appear to many Texas parents that violating a custody order would be considered a civil matter, this is not the case. Unlike other areas of family law, disobeying a child custody order is a criminal offense. When a person commits a crime, victims may want to contact the police for help, but many parents now complain that police are hesitant to enforce child custody orders. 

Poor parenting choices affect child custody

Texas parents would likely agree that every child is different, and it is often difficult to decide what may be age appropriate. By the time a child reaches middle school, he or she may seem very self-sufficient and responsible. One local couple recently learned that, even if parents feel their child will be fine if left unattended for a while, a decision like that can directly affect child custody

Mother charged with interference of child custody

Texas parents would probably say that they do their best to keep their children safe and happy as they grow up. Sometimes, there are questions raised as to whether or not a parent is providing proper care. In these cases, it falls on Child Protective Services to evaluate the situation and determine whether or not a child will remain in the home. If it feels the need to take action, child custody may be affected. 

Mother reports crime against her children, loses visitation time

Texas parents may be familiar with the sorts of issues that can arise when a custody order is disputed. Many parents may fear that if a tragedy occurs on their watch, they may lose visitation time with the children. One mother's fight for justice has rendered her nearly helpless. 

Violating a child custody arrangement has serious consequences

Many parents are familiar with the types of stress that can come from dealing with custody issues. Once a child custody arrangement is put into place by the court, it is legally binding, and a parent cannot take it upon him or herself to alter the agreement simply because the parent does not agree with the terms. One father recently learned this the hard way when he attempted to take his daughter to Texas with him. 

Dispute over child custody escalates quickly

Texas parents may be familiar with the stress that can come from child custody exchanges, especially when other family members become involved. It can be difficult to ensure child custody exchanges are made peacefully when parties do not follow the rules outlined in a court order. Though a custody order is put into place by a court to solidify things like visitation schedules, sometimes people let emotions get the best of them and a custody exchange gets out of hand. 

Family that suffered tragedy now in midst of child custody case

As in most other state, Texas parents who divorce likely have concerns over the support of their children after the process. Generally, child custody arrangements are put into place by a court to outline how parents who do not live together share the joys and responsibilities of raising any children they share. While many of these situations are fairly straightforward, on some occasions, and due to unusual circumstances, a party that is not a biological parent may wish to seek custody of a child. 

Unusual child custody case exposes human trafficking.

Most Texas families are likely aware that in situations where the parents chose to separate, or perhaps never lived together at all, a plan must be calculated to ensure the best interest of any children involved. Child custody arrangements are put into place by the court to dictate things like child support payments, physical custody, legal custody and visitation. Many times, these arrangements are easily made clear, and can be followed by all parties with little confusion. Other times, things may be a bit more complicated.