Parents who are planning to divorce or recently divorced are probably in the process of figuring out how they can best accommodate their children's needs. Child custody planning can get especially tricky for people who travel a lot for work. Most parents decide to plan a custody schedule that aligns with their schedules.
Most Texas parents who divorce worry about the impact on their children. Because school-age children and teens may be likely to express their feelings clearly on the matter, parents may be more focused on them than on younger children.
The story of a girl who has been located in Mexico 12 years after she was allegedly kidnapped by her mother, who lived in Austin, has made national headlines. The girl has been returned by rescuers who found her on Oct. 1.
When estranged or divorced parents don't have child custody agreements in place, disputes can arise that can lead to legal problems and even potentially criminal charges -- not to mention stress and uncertainty for everyone involved, particularly the child. The case of a woman who was recently arrested in Texas for kidnapping her son is a case in point.
A 27-year-old mother has been arrested for taking her 8-year-old daughter out of her school in Jefferson City, Missouri, without notifying the school or the girl's father, with whom the girl lives. The child's 19-year-old aunt was also arrested. The two women were charged with parental kidnapping.