Equal Parenting Bill HB 453 in Texas has a Companion Bill in the Senate SB 816

by | Feb 11, 2017

Last modified February 11, 2017

In most states equal parenting bills are not addressing the problems that best interest leaves in place when it comes to a judge using best interest to get out of issuing an equal parenting bill. We have been complaining about best interest making equal parenting bills moot for years. And best interest being problematic because […]

In most states equal parenting bills are not addressing the problems that best interest leaves in place when it comes to a judge using best interest to get out of issuing an equal parenting bill.two-homes

We have been complaining about best interest making equal parenting bills moot for years.

And best interest being problematic because it causes parents to still have to prove to the court that it is in the child’s best interest to have the equal parenting. Texas might just be the first state to become the welcome exception to this problem.

While SB 816 is not a “sister” Bill it puts the teeth back into the equal parenting bill by putting into Texas Family Code Statute 153.002 BEST INTEREST OF THE CHILD that the best interest presumption is that both fit parents determine the best interest of the child first.

SB 816 serves as a companion to the equal parenting Bill, HB 453, filed by House Representative James White as it provides protection for parents seeking equal parenting by requiring the law to recognize both parents determine the best interest of the child unless the parent has failed to “adequately provide” for the child.

Senator Campbell has brilliantly proposed a Bill that, with HB 453, puts the power back into the hands of the fit parents!

 

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Written by Sherry Palmer

As a constitutional family rights expert researcher and writer, Sherry helps parents and their attorneys see the possibilities in making constitutional arguments for parental rights as being in the child’s best interests. She enables parents and attorneys to assert rights and convert the constitutional principles into everyday practice and natural language. Sherry does this through creating and teaching online digital courses, speaking, webinars, and workshops. Sherry’s teachings are unique and cutting edge to the family law industry developed by her and her husband. Sherry attributes successfully developing the most powerful tools and a five-stage formula to assist attorneys and pro se parents get better results and fight legal abuses that occur in the family court settings.