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Do Texas divorce courts take into account infidelity?

In Texas, you have the option of filing a no-fault divorce. That means that neither party is obliged to prove to the court that the other party is at fault for the marriage not working out. Still, a spouse can seek to prove fault in a Texas divorce, and the court may weigh that fault when determining the equitable division of the spouses' community property.

Legislators in Texas consider strengthening grandparents' rights

Lawmakers in Texas are considering the merits of a bill that would expand the rights of grandparents and other relatives in matters of visitation, adoption and child custody. House Bill 393, if passed, would allow grandparents, uncles and aunts to sue the parents of a child in the event that the parents are believed to be unfit.

Supreme Court to decide on Indian father's parental rights

The Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 is meant to "prevent the breakup of the Indian family," and the law applies in every state, including Texas. The Supreme Court, however, has a complicated fathers' rights case on its hands after a biological father has used the Indian Child Welfare Act to gain custody of his daughter after he initially approved of giving child custody to an adoptive family.

Kids returned to grandparents after international kidnapping

Texas family law can be confusing for grandparents who want to establish visitation or custody rights with their grandchildren. The need to take these legal steps can arise from a variety of situations, and one is illustrated in a recent and widely publicized story.

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