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Was child custody at the heart of Texas shooting?

Throughout a divorce, there are many contentious issues that the couple have to work out. The division of property, alimony and child support can be heated, but often battles over child custody are the most rancorous. Both members of the splitting couple generally want what’s best for the child, but disagree vehemently about what that means. These fights over the children can lead some to act irrationally and do things they wouldn’t normally do.

By now, most of us have heard the heart-wrenching story of the man in Texas who is suspected of killing his ex-wife’s sister, her husband and four others, all young children of the deceased couple. Now, new details are emerging that indicate the man may have been upset over child custody arrangements the couple had agreed to after the divorce. As a part of the agreement, any visits by the alleged killer to his children would require the presence of a psychologist. But Texas investigators are still sifting through the information available to grasp what triggered the horrific murders.

In this case, the judge may have had good reason for this custody arrangement. Without all the evidence, it’s impossible to say. However, if you’re facing issues with custody, it’s important to know that you do have a right to fight for your case. Before the decision is made about visitation rights and primary custody, a Texas attorney can look at the facts and may be able to help you ensure a favorable outcome.

Even after a custody case has been decided, you still have options. Child custody modifications are quite common and, if your situation has changed or the welfare of the child is threatened, an attorney may may be able to help you modify your custody arrangement.

Source: nbcnews.com, “Was Texas Shooting Suspect Ronald Haskell Seeking Vengeance?” Erik Ortiz, July 12, 2014

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