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December 2017 Archives

When can Texas grandparents seek custody or visitation rights?

Grandparents have a special relationship with their grandchildren, yet there are certain circumstances that could compromise this important relationship. When a divorce, a dispute with a biological parent or other issues arise, Texas grandparents may be wondering if they have any legal claim to access or custody of their grandchildren.

What is the Hague Convention on International Child Abduction?

If you are a Texas parent who is worried that your children’s other parent may take them to another country for a visit and then refuse to return them, you should be aware of the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. This is a treaty between and among 98 countries that have joined together to provide an expeditious method for returning internationally abducted children to the country from which they were taken and in which they habitually reside.

How can I establish paternity in Texas?

If your child was born in Texas but you were not married to his or her mother at the time of the birth, you have no legal rights to your child nor he or she to you. The Texas Attorney General’s office advises that even when you and the child’s mother are in agreement about your biological fatherhood, Texas does not consider you to be the legal father. In other words, your child has no legal father until such time as you establish your paternity.

Is your child a sufferer of Parental Alienation Syndrome?

When Texan parents like you feel like you're having to battle your ex-spouse to protect your bonds with your child, the situation can get sticky fast. Lisa E McKnight PC is here to help you identify the potential signs of Parental Alienation Syndrome, or PAS, and guide you through the different ways of handling it.