Child Custody Agreements in Texas May be Easy to Break

Time spent with a child can form invaluable memories for most parents. But there are some Texas parents who say that they’re being robbed of those precious moments with their children, and they claim that law enforcement isn’t doing much to help. Instead, their child custody incidents are being turned back over to the already overwhelmed family court.

Under Texas state law, knowingly interfering with a child custody order is a felony and can result in a maximum of a two-year prison sentence. With this knowledge, some might be surprised to know that many parents are still unable to actually spend their court-ordered visitation with their children. Often, local police departments refuse to get too involved in child custody matters and instead refer the parent back to the family court./

But that’s not enough, some parents say. One father said he called the police from outside his ex-wife’s house, and even though he had paperwork in hand saying that the children were to be with him at that time, they refused to help, and he had to leave without seeing his kids. Another man claims that his ex kept their daughter from him for seven long years, denying his visitation rights.

While every situation is different, it is generally thought to be best for children to have both of their parents involved in their lives. Sadly, after a divorce or a break-up, court-ordered child custody arrangements are not always adhered to. Despite Texas laws on the subject, parents kept from their children often have a difficult time with law enforcement and miss visitations and opportunities for wonderful memories with their children. In some cases, revisiting the child custody agreement in front of a family court judge may help mend the situation and reunite a parent with their child.