Child custody conference could spark discussion, reform in Texas

On behalf of Loughmiller Higgins, Attorneys at Law posted in Child Custody on Tuesday, May 14, 2013.

Child custody cases generally play out quietly in a courtroom. Unless it is a celebrity couple arguing over who their children will live with, these cases appear daily in a court with little, if any, media attention — except in cases of exceptional circumstances. Some people feel that, although the lack of attention protects the rights of children, the lack of a spotlight hides some problems inherent in the process. A conference held in our nation’s capitol could highlight some of these problems for Texas couples in the midst of a child custody case.

The conference is being held for the 10th year. Creators of the event are concerned that the divorce and child custody process could put children in danger. Conference goers are primarily concerned with custody given to fathers who have been accused of domestic violence.

Supporters say they meet together to gather data and provide support. However, the main purpose is to discuss ways in which the laws surrounding these instances can be improved. It’s important the safety of the child is ensured throughout the process and subsequent custody or visitation arrangements.

While it is always important to protect the safety of children, it is equally important to realize that each divorce and child custody arrangement is unique and requires the close examination of its specialized components. A one-size-fits-all approach toward custody arrangements may not be the best action for every person. A balance that preserves both the father’s and mother’s rights as well as the best interest of the children is necessary. The idea of equality in such proceedings has recently become a topic of discussion in Texas and across the nation. It is important to keep calm, open communication in order to ensure a child’s safety and well-being.

Source: The Washington Post, “Conference shines light on plight of battered mothers seeking custody,” May 10, 2013

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