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Fathers' Rights Archives

Equal Custody: Has Its Time Come in Texas?

Legal Scenarios in Big Little Lies

Rethinking Visitation

When parents negotiate a divorce settlement, parenting time is one of the most important elements to consider. Too often, in my view, parents either go with the default standard order or seek a 50/50 schedule in the interest of "fairness" and "equal time."

How to Persist When the Opposing Side Won't Budge

In most family law cases, I often have to remind myself of the importance of patience. As a family law attorney, we are always coming across the same issues, wherein the opposing party decides to thwart all efforts at our completing the discovery process. These efforts are particularly troublesome when our clients have concerns about the welfare of their children. It can become extremely difficult to move a case along, due to the opposing parties inaction, which only causes our client's concerns to grow by the day.  

An attorney can help you establish paternity

When we talk about fathers' rights, we often tackle the issue in terms of fathers who are worried about being denied time with their children based on court biases. While this gender bias in the courts is not nearly as serious as it may have once been, that does not mean that fathers will always receive an equal amount of parenting time with their children. However, enlisting the aid of an attorney can help you prove that you deserve to be involved in your child's life.

Factors that affect child custody in Texas

When it comes to child custody in Texas, there are two options: joint managing conservatorships and sole managing conservatorships. These different options are essentially joint custody and sole custody, but some parents, particularly fathers, may be concerned by the idea of a sole managing conservatorship. In such an arrangement, one parent has the final say on nearly every aspect of a child's life, including where the child lives, what medical treatment they receive, education and more.

Fathers' custody chances in Texas

For many years, all across the country, when sole custody of children was awarded to a parent, that parent was almost always the mother. There were many reasons that this may have occurred. Perhaps it was because the father was the primary wage earner and would have less time to care for a child, while the mother spends most of her time at home and could provide the child with the care it needed as it developed. While this may once have been true, it is not the case in modern times.

A paternity suit could help you establish your rights

There is a stereotype in both the legal system and our society that women are favored in child custody cases, largely because women have tended to receive sole custody of children more often than men throughout history. This is no longer the case, and courts are moving toward dividing parenting time equally in the event of a divorce. However, one can never quite be certain how a child custody hearing will play out because one or both parties almost always wants more time with their children.

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