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What is the Hague Convention on International Child Abduction?

If you are a Texas parent whose children’s other parent is from and/or has family ties to another country, you may worry that (s)he will take your children overseas for a visit and refuse to return them. In the event this should happen, you may be able to avail yourself of the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. This treaty among 98 countries gives parents like you an expeditious method for getting your children back.

What happens if I need to move out of state with my child?

If you are a divorced Texas parent who has residential custody of your child, you may be surprised to learn that should your employer transfer you to another state, you cannot relocate without a judge’s permission. So says Section 153 of the Texas Family Code if your parenting plan and/or divorce degree contains a geographical restriction. Many Texas decrees and plans have one that specifies how far away you can move from where you presently reside.

Gaslighting: How it can destroy your marriage

Not every marriage is happy, as you know. Some couples may have significant disagreements or may have simply drifted apart. Many other marriages in Texas, however, are torn apart by abuse. At the Law Offices of Keith E. Holloway, we have seen the devastating effects both emotional and physical abuse can have on relationships, which can contribute to the cycle of abuse when children are involved.

Do you have to go to court to decide who has custody when?

Whether you are divorcing your spouse or the two of you have never married, resolving the issue of child custody in the Lone Star State does not have to be bigger just because it is in Texas. Kids are not immune to underlying tension, so anything you can do to settle custody amicably is in their best interests. 

Tips for preventing international child abduction

If you live in Texas and share a child with someone who comes from another country, and the two of you have a particularly difficult relationship, you may have valid concerns about international child abduction. At the Law Offices of Keith E. Holloway, we are highly familiar with the steps you can take as a parent to reduce the chances of your ex attempting to kidnap your child and leave the country. We have helped many clients facing such situations work to protect themselves or regain physical custody over their children.

Resources for grandparents seeking custody of their grandchildren

Grandparents in Texas who seek to gain custody of their grandchildren face some challenges unique to the state. They also usually deal with general issues associated with the process. For example, many custodial grandparents who are not currently caretakers experience stress regarding discipline and communication. Grandparents can often benefit from learning about these problems during the legal custodianship process, even if they have raised a child in the past.

Texas mother stabs father of children

Child custody can be one of the most contentious disputes in a divorce case, since both parents often believe they have the best interests of their children at heart. Emotions may be running high for parents getting divorced, especially if they are unable to reach a compromise on custody or visitation arrangements. It is less common for divorcing parents in Texas to become violent in a custody dispute, although it can happen.

How does child custody work in separation agreements?

Texan parents may sometimes need a break from each other, but might not want an actual divorce. This is where separation agreements come in. They allow you and your partner to divide up assets, finances, property and more, without having to legally sever your marriage. But where does your child fall in all of this?

Best interests of the child in Texas

Under the Texas Family Code, the red thread running through all the law governing a parent-child relationship with respect to conservatorship (i.e. parental responsibility) and possession (i.e. custody) is the principle that the best interest of the child is “the primary consideration of the court.” The Code, in fact, articulates a statement of public policy that children should have a relationship with parents who have “shown the ability to act in the best interest of the child.”

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