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Posts tagged "best interests of the child"

The use of parenting plans in custody and visitation proceedings

Divorcing parents in Texas may be familiar with the idea that the best interests of the child determine a court's decision on child custody disputes. When such a dispute arises, a court may require divorcing parents to devise a parenting plan. A parenting plan specifies how the child will be supported, who is responsible for the child and specifics on parental access to a child.

What is required to adopt a child in Texas?

When wanting to adopt a child in Texas, an individual or couple must meet basic requirements and be able to fulfill certain responsibilities. The types of people who wish to adopt vary, but one must be at least 21 years of age, responsible, mature and financially stable. Potential adoptive parents must fill out an application, give multiple references, submit to a criminal history background check and agree to a home study. Parents must also attend free training that covers issues concerning neglected or abused children.

More grandchildren living with grandparents

Texas residents might be interested to learn that federal statistics show that the number of children living with their grandparents, instead of their biological parents, has significantly increased over the past decade. U.S. Census statistics show that grandparents were raising 4.9 million children in 2010, up from 2.4 million in the 2000s.

Texas family describes the joy of adoption

Families choose to adopt for many reasons. They may be taking on the child of a deceased loved one, adopting a stepchild or simply expanding their family. Whatever the case, providing a new, loving home for a child is a wonderful thing. There are a number of legal steps to take before you can proceed with an adoption, but it is a worthy endeavor. One family in Texas confirms this in their joyful description of their experience of adoption

Missing child found safe with her father in Texas

When parents live apart, it can be difficult for both of them to spend as much time with their child as they would like. Sometimes these parents barely speak at all, and one of them may not even have established visitation rights. This can be difficult for many parents and some will go to great lengths to see their child. Recently, in Texas, an eight-year-old girl was found with her father after disappearing from Ohio.