The modern trend in divorce and child custody involves the parents sharing their children equally. In other words, Parent A will have the children half the time and Parent B will have the children the other half of the time. These arrangements are now more common than ever, but that doesn't mean it's guaranteed. Parents who want to have 50-50 child custody -- especially fathers -- should take some proactive measures to increase their chances of receiving a joint custody ruling.
Family law psychologists and many others agree that a child is best raised when he or she can have as much contact as possible with both parents. Does this mean that Texas should enact an "equal custody" law that supports divorcing parents to receive equal custody of their children?
When babies are born to married couples in Texas, the husband's name is automatically placed in the father's spot on the child's birth certificate. If a child is born to an unmarried couple, though, there are some additional steps that must be taken before a dad's name can be added to the birth certificate.
Not all mothers are willing to let the biological fathers of their children play a role in their children's lives. These mothers may have their reasons for separating the children from their biological fathers, and certain fathers may be OK with that. However, when it comes to fathers who want to be fathers – and want to play a role in the lives of their children – a family court judge may view the issue from a more father-friendly perspective if the father can prove that he's the dad.
A doctor in Texas has been part of a five-year custody battle in which his son ended up out of the country with his former in-laws. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) arrested the former in-laws, according to a report from Feb. 12, and the now 8-year-old boy may soon be coming back to America.
As a father, you know that you deserve every chance to raise your child. You're there for him or her every day, even when you're not physically present. You don't want the courts to decide that your child should be with his or her mother just because she's female.
Unmarried fathers sometimes worry about what will happen if they have a child out of wedlock that a woman then wants to give up. Can a father object to the adoption of his child? The short answer is yes, because it takes two to create a child.
Child support laws have been changing and reforming over recent years to look more and more at the rights of the non-custodial parent, which is often the father. In the past, fathers were assumed to make more money and thus be the ones to pay more child support to the mother. Now, these laws often look at the income of both parents and many other aspects of the non-custodial parent involved.
A lot of people don't really understand the laws regarding paternity -- which can end up leaving them heartbroken and angry in the end.
More and more often these days throughout the United States, including the Katy, Texas and Houston surrounding area, fathers are now able to maintain a more active role in their children's lives following a divorce. Much of this can be attributed to a new understanding of the role of the father in their lives, as well as previously assumed but perhaps misguided perceptions about the role of the mother and father in a family.