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Understanding and avoiding custodial interference

Custody battles can be highly contentious and volatile. Under these circumstances, parents can make some unwise decisions and engage in inadvisable behavior in an effort to hurt the other parent.

One particularly reckless decision parents might make in an effort to hurt the other parent is interfering with custody, as custodial interference can hurt the child as much or more than it hurts anyone else. In this post, we will examine what custodial interference can look like and why it is crucial to avoid it.

Getting creative with custody plans

One of the top priorities people have when it comes to making a schedule for sharing custody of a child is to establish strict rules and schedules so that parents and children know what to expect.

However, this idea of having a firm schedule can seem like an impossible luxury for parents who have unpredictable lifestyles due to factors like work or location constraints. In these situations, parents would be wise to consider more creative options for custody.

Recently divorced? 4 ways to make holidays happier for your kids

The holidays can be a very difficult time of year for parents who are newly divorced and navigating the season as separate families for the first time. Parents and kids can feel sad, scared and stressed out about what to expect when they are celebrating holidays.

However, newly divorced parents can take steps to help their children -- and themselves -- have a happier holiday season.

4 factors that can jeopardize parental rights and custody

No parent is perfect. We all make mistakes not just as parents, but also in our non-parenting roles. As such, you should not assume that being flawed will jeopardize custody.

That being said, there are mistakes and personal shortcomings that could compromise the well-being of a child. In these situations, parents could be at risk of losing physical and/or legal custody. Below, we examine some of the factors that could lead to loss of custody.

Winning back custody of your kids

Parents who lose custody of their children find themselves in desperate situations and may even go to great lengths to get their kids back. In California, a mother who lost custody of her children in a bitter court battle with her former husband found herself in such a situation. When the father was away, she went to his home and took her kids. They have since disappeared, but the police have not given up in their efforts to locate them. Children of the Underground, a loose network specializing in helping parents retrieve their kids in perceived wrongful custody arrangements, helped to get the mother and her children off the grid.

Though these cases of parents kidnapping their own children are pretty common, there are better (and more legal) ways to win back custody of your kids. And if you are seriously considering going back to court, you'll need to take an honest look at what went wrong the first time you lost your battle. Texas judges act with the best interest of the children at the forefront of their minds. For some reason, they believed the other parent could better care for your children. Why did they come to that conclusion? Were you a threat to the well-being of your children? Was there abuse involved? These questions are tough to answer, and whether or not they apply to your specific case, you must start at the beginning of why the courts awarded the other parent custody.

How far would you go to get custody?

How far would you go to get custody of your child? In one recent Texas case reported by U.S. News & World Report, one 34-year old mother (along with her husband and father-in-law), plotted the death of the man who had been awarded custody of their daughter from a previous relationship. According to court records, after the woman stabbed the man to death, she and her father-in-law drove to the victim’s home in Abilene to take the child. Ultimately, the plan failed and the woman was charged with murder, while her accomplices were arrested for conspiracy. 

There is a better way

Advice for dads: navigating the divorce process

One of the most devastating aspects of divorce for fathers can often be the prospect of losing a valuable bond with their children, or the fear of losing custody of them completely. Although such worries are understandable, especially at such a tumultuous time, there should be no reason to fear. If a loving father takes the right approach to the divorce process, there should be no reason why he loses a connection with his children. If anything, the relationship could become stronger as a result.

Access to support that single dads need

Over the years, the percentage of households that consist of single dads rather than two parents or single moms has increased rapidly. But unfortunately, there is often not much support out there for the specific needs of single dads and their children. Because of the traditional scenario of single moms taking full or majority custody of their children, there are a lot of resources out there for mothers. But when it comes to dads, it might feel like the cards are stacked against them, especially when it comes to finding supports and resources.

This blog will provide a brief overview of some useful resources that can provide much-needed support for single dads.

A dad's guide to custody battles

As a dad, it can be heartbreaking to go through a custody battle to fight for time with your kids. This is not made easier by the fact that many expect mothers to get the majority of the time with their children. Maybe you are involved in a battle where the mother is determined to get full custody, perhaps you believe that you should be entitled to a 50/50 time split, or perhaps you are concerned about the mother's ability to parent.

This blog will provide a brief insight into some top tips for fathers that want their voice heard, want a fair chance to raise their children and have a custody agreement that they deserve.

Fathers in Texas continue the fight for custody rights

We've heard it for years: When it comes to custody of a child, mothers are given preferential treatment by the courts. Many men heading into divorce don't even bother to try, due to what they perceive as an expensive, uphill battle. The truth is, though, Texas family law courts expect both parents to share their rights and responsibilities as parents. Equally true, however, is that the mother will be awarded primary conservatorship in the majority of cases when the issue is under dispute. But is that due to bias toward the mother, or other factors taken into consideration?

Fathers trying to get their voices heard