Texas has captured the nation's attention -- albeit involuntarily -- when it comes to the rights of transgender children due to a custody case that has been setting the tone for what can happen when two parents disagree very deeply on what's best for their child.
After a divorce, it isn't uncommon for parents to end up some distance from each other. One parent may be pursuing a career to make life better for his or her children while the other parent thinks that it is more important to stick close to family, friends and other sources of support. Naturally, parents who are a distance from their children worry that they're going to lose those precious parent-child bonds.
Shared custody is rapidly becoming favored by judges in family courts everywhere -- but parents are often leery about making it work. After all, it's hard to envision working with your ex-spouse on a regular basis (even if it is for the benefit of the children) when you can't stand to be under the same roof together.
When you got divorced, you probably promised yourself that despite your busy schedule that made it impossible for you to handle equal custody of the kids that you wouldn't be one of those "Disneyland Dads" who swept in on the odd weekend for a great time -- then turned the real parenting over to your children's mother.