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Fathers support Texas bill for equal custody

A group of fathers are lobbying the state capitol regarding a bill allowing for equal parenting. These fathers hope to have a bill in place allowing for judges to rule on equal custody for parents following a divorce.

One father stated he only saw his son for 48 hours during the prior month. He states the child custody dispute has been going on for the entire life of his 10-year-old son. "I miss out on being his father and teaching him the things that a father teaches his son," he stated.

Under this proposal, courts would have the authority to grant 50-50 access to both parents of the children unless it was not in the best interest of the children. However, there are certain commentators who feel such a proposal would only lead to additional litigation. According to a spokesperson from the Family Law Foundation, this would lead to the child possibly being "shuffled from one house to another."

As a general rule, it's beneficial for both fathers and mothers to be involved in child custody matters absent specific concerns. It's especially essential to understand that fathers play a vital role in raising the children.

As matters currently stand, parents can stipulate to everything being equal. However, when parents are unable to come to an agreement, it's up to the judge to decide what would be in the best interest of the child.

While the law in Texas courts is neutral regarding fathers and mothers in custody disputes, enforcing a father's rights during these matters has often proved difficult.

Source: CBS DFW, "Texas Fathers Take Fight For Equal Custody To State Capitol," J.D. Miles, April 15, 2015

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