The laws in Texas regarding child custody are not set up to protect our children or to even consider their best interest. There has been case after case after case of a violent parent getting some sort of joint custody or unsupervised visitation where the result is direct harm and even death to a child. There has to be something that can be done.
I have had to deal with this firsthand. My own son\'s father was granted joint managing conservatorship over our son in spite of a long violent/criminal history. Some may say, \"Well, if he were such a bad guy, why did she have a child with him\" The answer to that is that I had no idea of his criminal or violent past until it was too late.
There have been many times since the father was granted joint conservator that my child has come home with some sort of injury that he (my child) has said was the direct result of his father\'s temper or neglect. On three of those occasions, a bad burn down his back, both lips busted, and once when he was placed on the back of a full grown bucking bull, I called Child Protective Services for protection for my child. Ultimately, I was sent a letter that basically stated \"shame on me for not getting along with the dad\". I know that there are far worse cases out there than mine; cases where parents have lost there children completely at the hand of a violent other parent, but it is all bad and needs to stop.
As a parent, we should have the right to protect our children. The laws were set up to protect the rights of \"good\" parents and I support that issue 100%, but we as a society should demand more of our laws and lawmakers and see to it that cases are judged more on the facts. No parent should automatically be given joint custody based on the fact that they were the one of the persons responsible for a child being on this earth! If we allow these poor laws to stay in place it is at a high cost to our children\'s well being. Please join me in trying to get these laws changed. Fight with me for the ones who are not able to fight for themselves.
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