CHILD CUSTODY DECISION MADE MORE COMPLEX BY INTERNATIONAL BORDER

Child custody cases are often complicated and sometimes frustrating to all the parties involved. When international borders are crossed, however, a child custody case becomes even more complex. States like Texas that have international borders have had to find a way to address issues that arise when American born children are separated from parents who have been deported.

One such couple had been living in the United States for more than a decade. A run-in with the law over a shoplifting charge ended with them being deported. The children were placed with their paternal grandmother who also lives in the United States. Since that time, the couple has been petitioning the United States courts to allow their children to cross the border into Mexico and live with them there. They have found working through both the United States and Mexican child welfare departments of Children Services to be a complicated and frustrating process.

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ALAMO DIVORCE CASE ILLUSTRATES DANGERS OF TECHNOLOGY

The Executive Administrator of the Alamo recently filed for divorce from her husband after she admitted to sending explicit pictures and messages to another man using a phone intended for official Alamo business.

Larry Navarro, the husband of Melinda Navarro, allegedly discovered the explicit photos on his wife’s phone late last year. Upon discovery, he forwarded the photos to many of Melinda’s contacts, including her coworkers at the Alamo. Although Melinda Navarro, a member of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, denies having an affair, her husband is seeking to examine her personal computers and to compel testimony from the man who received the messages from his wife.

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TEXAS HOOPS LEGEND FACES DIVORCE COURT

While the Dallas Mavericks season was a disappointment to fans in Fort Worth and around the nation, hope is strong for a rebound next season.

Of course, the basketball playoffs continue without the Mavs, with their Texas rivals, the Spurs, headed to the NBA finals. The Spurs’ biggest star, Tim Duncan, is headed at the same time to court with his wife who has filed for divorce.

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PROGRESS MADE IN INTERNATIONAL CHILD CUSTODY DISPUTES

With the strong presence of the U.S. military in and around Fort Worth, child custody disputes can often reach across Texas borders and sometimes even international borders. A number of international child custody disputes have involved U.S. citizens and citizens of Japan.

As the Washington Post noted recently, there has been pressure on Japan to join the international child custody treaty to “address concerns that Japanese mothers can take children away from foreign fathers without recourse.”

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EVOLVING GENDER ROLES RESHAPE DIVORCE

Gender roles in society continue to shift; and that shifting makes itself evident in a variety of venues, including popular culture and in the law.

Take a look at child custody, for instance. In a not-so-distant past, it was automatically assumed by virtually everyone in Fort Worth that a mother in a divorce would get custody of the children rather than the father. Not so today.

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RESEARCH: BEING SINGLE IS HEALTHIER THAN BEING IN A BAD MARRIAGE

Even when something sounds right and feels right, it’s often good to have research to show that that something is right. In this case, researchers studying divorce say they’ve come to the conclusion that it’s better for a person’s mental health to get out of a bad marriage than to stay in it.

Being alone is better than being in a bad relationship, according to the new study reported on in Fort Worth media.

The University of Michigan psychiatrist who led the study said that people who are in marriages with critical or unsupportive spouses are much more likely to suffer serious depression than those who are single.

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EXPERTS DISH DIVORCE ADVICE AND NUMBERS

A couple of days ago, Slate.com ran an article titled “In Honor of Kim Kardashian.” The idea was to give readers tips on how, when and where to divorce, in honor of the reality TV star. Last week, her 536 days of divorce proceedings came to an end following her 72-day marriage to basketball player Kris Humphries.

The writer talked to a handful of family law attorneys from around the nation and got some ideas on the dos and don’ts of divorce.

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TEXAS FAMILY LAW JUDGE: ONLINE DIVORCE RARELY A GOOD IDEA

Almost everything that can be purchased these days can be purchased online,including the papers with which you can file for a Fort Worth divorce.

You can’t actually buy the divorce online, but you can buy the forms, fill them out yourself and file them with a Tarrant County court. Anyone tempted to take this theoretically cheap and easy way out of a marriage should be cautioned, however: unless you understand Texas family law, you could be buying years of trouble in critical matters such as child custody, property division and spousal support.

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IMPORTANT, POSITIVE ROLE OF GRANDPARENTS IN A DIVORCE

The biggest and most immediate impact on divorcing Fort Worth parents is on the couple and their children. But others can feel tension and anguish, too, often including friends, co-workers and grandparents.

A recent article on divorce involving grandchildren offers advice on how grandparents can be there for the kids and for their adult children going through the divorce, too.

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