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National Parents Organization: Texas custody laws get a C

Parents going through a divorce must make child custody decisions, but it is not a topic that applies to divorce only. Many parents across the nation must address the issue. In fact, approximately 40 percent of children are born to unmarried parents, as a recent U.S. Health and Human Services report shows.

U.S. Census Bureau data shows that of the parents who are separated or divorced, 17 percent have a shared parenting arrangement. The National Parents Organization would argue that it is in the best interests of children to change this statistic.

The group even conducted a study to determine how well the laws in each state across the nation promote shared parenting. In the National Parents Organization’s 2014 Shared Parenting Report Card, Texas custody laws received a C on the report comparing the law to instances of divorce.

Texas was not alone. Another 17 states received a C, 23 states were graded with a D and two states, New York and Rhode Island, landed an F. Only eight states fell into the B category. No state laws measured up completely to the standards set by the study.

What does this mean for our readers? The study may be interesting to anyone or of note for those who are attempting to reform the law. For our readers who have current custody issues, they must work within the current law. An attorney who takes the time to get to know their clients and their goals can help make sure the child custody strategy also works within the family’s unique needs.

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