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The Push for Father’s Equality

There is a bill pending before the Texas Legislature right now to create a presumption of equality between mothers and fathers in spending parenting time with their children after they separate. (2017 TX HB453) Other states have passed similar legislation in recent years. For many years, there was a legal presumption that favored mothers to … Continue Reading

Fathers Really Do Have Rights

The Fathers' Rights movement is grounded in constitutional rights and imperatives. It has grown out of the very real changes in men's traditional roles in Western society, and the current generation's more egalitarian attitude towards shared parenting, which has resulted in gender neutral custody laws in virtually every state of the United States.… Continue Reading

So you want sole custody?? Part Two

In my previous post I talked about the various terms used in Texas courts regarding child custody. I also stated that the best interest of the child is the first priority for any Texas court presented in a conservatorship and/or possession determination. In this post, I'll continue our discussion by looking at the factors courts consider in determining what is in the best interest of a child (i.e., the Holly Factors).… Continue Reading

So you want sole custody?? Part One

As a Dallas divorce lawyer, I frequently have clients that come into my office wanting "sole custody." Custody is a term that means different things to different people. In this series of blog posts, I'll explain how "custody" is determined in Texas. The first post in this series will define the words Texas courts use in determining custody issues.… Continue Reading

Standards to modify custody.

In a recent opinion by the Dallas Court of Appeals, the court held the trial judge did not err when he did not apply a domestic violence presumption in assessing child custody and did not record an interview with a child in the office outside the court room. In the Interest of S.E.K. & H.A.K., No. 05-08-00858-CV, --- S.W.3d --- (Tex. App. - Dallas, Aug. 28, 2009).… Continue Reading
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