Many Texas parents who have gone through a divorce know how contentious child custody issues can often be. Unfortunately, some non-custodial parents around the country have taken matters to an extreme by taking a child with them to another country in violation of a court order. The U.S. State Department estimates that at least 8,000 such instances occurred between 2008 and 2013.
Texas parents who are divorcing might be considering having the children spend most of their time with one parent, but a study out of Sweden suggests that this might not be the best arrangement. Although the director of the National Parents Organization estimates that fewer than 20 percent of children of divorced parents are in joint custody situations in the U.S., around 40 percent of children in Sweden split their time equally between both parents.