Child Custody

Child Custody Results

Divorce/Child Custody (Collin County)

I recently tried and won a child custody case for a Dad in one of the District Courts in Collin County where the Judge is well known for being “pro-Mom.” Not only that, but we had a rather uphill battle: W was a ‘stay at home’ Mom caring for 3 small kids; H had taken an IT job in another state near the West coast out of necessity and had been living there for several years and had only returned sporadically to see the kids; and H had first hired another attorney in the case who talked him into letting her keep custody for temporary orders and committed him to paying quite a large level of support. However, once I was hired by Dad, based on some things he said about his W that just didn’t sound right, he agreed with my suggestion to let me depose her. While deposing her, we discovered a number of odd things about her and became concerned for the children’s welfare. Shortly thereafter, the children made an outcry of having been emotionally and physical abused, which caused me to file a Protective Order, which then lead to having custody transferred to Dad and allowing him to move the kids to his state even though it was in the middle of the school year.

Which just goes to show— on the face of it, this stay at home, very religious Mom would seemingly have no chance at losing custody.  However, you just never know…she had inner demons (figuratively speaking) that caused her to be way too rough on her kids to the point she actually became abusive.

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Divorce/Child Custody (Dallas County)
Issue and Result: My client, a young father of two infant sons, kept coming home from work after leaving his boys with his wife and finding that the boys were becoming more and more skittish, crying, clinging and scared. His wife claimed to have no idea why they would act this way. He suspected something was very wrong. He consulted with me. I suggested that he secretly set up video surveillance inside his own home (it was legal in this circumstance but always consult counsel before electronically recording). The video shockingly revealed much worse than he had ever suspected: his wife had been terribly physically and emotionally abusive of the boys while he had been at work! Using the video, we obtained emergency custody and won custody at the hearing. W was put on very limited, supervised visitation, ordered into Anger Management and made to pay guideline CS.

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Recent Custody Decision for Mom and her husband in Tarrant County –
Issue:I inherited this case from another lawyer after it had been dormant for quite awhile. Mom had lost temporary custody during the pendency of the case. A social study had been done and recommended no changes to the current schedule. Dad had the upper hand because of violent reactions of Mom’s new husband to Dad’s seemingly “innocent” conduct.
Facts:I obtained numerous videos, however, showing that Dad had been engaging in very bizarre and harassing behavior toward Mom and her new husband and convinced the Judge that Mom should have primary custody and that Dad’s visitation should be supervised until he took and passed a psychological evaluation. I also obtained a judgment against Dad for over $15,000 attorney’s fees.Complex Custody (Collin County)
Issue and Result: I represented Father/Husband in a very high conflict divorce and child custody case. H had married W and had a young daughter together, but H also had adopted W’s two teenage children by her prior marriage after she had had those children’s father’s parental rights terminated for “child, spousal and substance abuse”. W decided to go back to her ex husband and moved out, taking the children. H filed for divorce and sought custody. This case involved a number of complex factors such as: surreptitious parental alienation by wife (we eventually caught her on tape at my advice); allegations by W that H had severely abused her and her oldest daughter; W accusing her own son of sexual abuse of his own sister after the son sided with his adoptive father for custody of his little sister at the first hearing; W being very manipulative of the judicial system and insisting to various agencies she had been “abused” by H as a way to get Pro Bono representation from several lawyers; W trying to reconcile with her ex-husband and reintroduce him as their “real” father to the children my client had adopted, contrary to the Judge’s ruling; a mysterious and sudden appointment by the Judge of an Amicus lawyer for the children when no one requested it and the Amicus having an agenda to help W win custody; and numerous efforts by W to avoid complying with discovery. H wanted, and we won, custody of his youngest (i.e., birth) daughter.

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Custody (Dallas County)
Issue and Result: Dad retained me when Mom was allowing young son to be in presence of bad boyfriend and her uncle was a threat of abuse. She initially agreed to just surrender custody but changed her mind. She was a creative and prodigious liar and came up with many wild allegations about Dad and his family, but all were proven unfounded and Dad retained custody with Mom ordered to pay child support.

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Issue: Child support cases in Smith County (Tyler) before a judge who is very hard on men who owe child support. I was asked to go to Tyler by these clients when they had a difficult time finding attorneys to represent them in this particular court.
Result: I successfully defended several child support enforcement cases in Smith County before said judge. Successes included: getting clients out of jail, keeping them from going to jail, favorably amending their probation terms, etc.

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Issue: Custody case between mother and father, involving 3 elementary school aged children.  Mother was a stay-at-home parent who home schooled the children.  Father was the income earner who traveled half the month for work and who was found to be having an affair.
Result: Father won custody after it was proved the mother had mental health concerns and the children were being ignored.

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Issue: Custody case between mother and father, involving a 4 y/o boy. Father was only income earner as the mother had been a stay-at-home parent for the past 2 years.
Result: After raising concerns about mother’s mental health, her use of synthetic substances, and probable affairs, the father won custody of his son.

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Issue: Custody case between father and a stay- at- home mother, who accused the father of sexually and physically abusing daughter. Mother had CPS involved and had everyone  believing that the father was abusive.
Result: Won custody for father. We proved mother was alienating the child, improperly coaching the child to lie, and having an affair.

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Issue: Custody case between father and mother, involving 5 y/o girl and 9 y/o boy in Collin County. Mother had been a stay-at-home mom before she filed for divorce.
Result: Won SMC/Sole Custody for father. Father got the kids and all decision making rights; Mom got limited, supervised access and was ordered to pay child support. Father kept all of his 401K and was awarded attorney’s fees. Father has right to move out of Collin County.

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Issue: Custody case between mother and father, involving a 16½ y/o girl. Girl had decided she wanted to live with her father and signed choice to that effect. Mom decided to fight to keep her daughter, because she did not believe that living with Dad would be in the child’s best interests.
Result: We first transferred case from Dallas to Denton County, believing a Denton judge would be more sympathetic to Mom’s case. Then, after contested trial, the judge left the daughter with Mom even though the daughter strongly wanted to live with Dad.

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Issue: Custody case involving a 12 year old.
Result: Won for father, a local dentist. Mother ordered to pay child support at the cap level of 20% of the first $7,500.00 of her net income, with health insurance.

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Issue: Custody case involving a 17 y/o girl who did not live with either parent.
Result: Obtained custody for father. Stopped his child support from going to his ex-wife. Support now goes directly to child.

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Issue: Custody case between father and mother, who was believed to be using drugs.
Result: Custody won for father before the judge.

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Issue: Custody case between out-of-town father and mother. Father had not seen his child much due to distance and the interference of the mother.
Result: Won custody for out of town dad.

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Issue: Child custody issue between mother and father.
Result: Successful defense of Mom’s attempt to take equal custody away from Dad.

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Recent Custody Decision for Mom and her husband in Tarrant County: I inherited this case from another lawyer after it had been dormant for quite awhile. Mom had lost temporary custody during the pendency of the case. A social study had been done and recommended no changes to the current schedule. Dad had the upper hand because of violent reactions of Mom’s new husband to Dad’s seemingly “innocent” conduct. I  obtained numerous videos, however, showing that Dad had been engaging in very bizarre and harassing behavior toward Mom and her new husband.
Result: I convinced the Judge that Mom should have primary custody and that Dad’s visitation should be supervised until he took and passed a psychological evaluation. I also obtained a judgment against Dad for over $15,000 attorney’s fees.

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Issue: Custody case between father and mother, involving 5 y/o girl and 9 y/o boy in Collin County. Mother had been a stay-at-home mom before she filed for divorce.
Result: Won SMC/Sole Custody for father. Father got the kids and all decision making rights; Mom got limited, supervised access and was ordered to pay child support. Father kept all of his 401K and was awarded attorney’s fees. Father has right to move out of Collin County.

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Issue: Custody case between father and mother, involving a 16 y/o girl after a two-day trial in a Dallas county case.
Result: Won SMC/Sole Custody for father. Even though the girl told the judge she strongly wanted to live with her mother, and Father lived in another part of Texas, Judge found it was in her best interest to live with her dad. Mom was ordered to pay guideline support and we obtained judgment for $10,000.00 in attorney’s fees.

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Issue: Custody case involving a 12 y/o.
Result: Won for father, a local dentist. Mother ordered to pay child support at the cap level of 20% of the first $7,500.00 of her net income, with health insurance.

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Issue: Custody case involving two fathers who each had a child with the same woman. Mother had remarried to a man who had been violent toward her in the presence of the children.
Result: Handling the two cases together, we “teamed up” on the mother and won custody of both children.

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Issue: Custody case involving a 17 y/o girl who did not live with either parent.
Result: Obtained custody for father. Stopped his child support from going to his ex-wife. Support now goes directly to child.

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Issue: Custody case between father and mother, who was believed to be using drugs.
Result: Custody won for father before the judge.

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Issue: Custody case between father and ex-wife. Dad lived out-of-state.
Result: Even though the court-appointed psychologist recommended in favor of the mother, father won custody and the right to take the child back to his home state. Mother received long-distance visitation and was ordered to pay child support.

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Issue: Custody case between out-of-town father and mother. Father had not seen his child much due to distance and the interference of the mother.
Result: Won custody for out of town dad.

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Issue: Custody case involving four girls.
Result: Won custody for dad despite recommendation of social study evaluation.

THESE are just a few representative examples of cases I have handled and won. Come see me and we will discuss your situation!

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(972) 737-8397

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Jrb@boydfamilylaw.com

phone

(972) 737-8397

fax

(214)-556- 0865

email

Jrb@boydfamilylaw.com