HOUSTON, Oct. 18, 2011 – In a devastating blow to a family racked by domestic violence, nineteen-year-old Tatiana Pauwels is bereft. What happened to her in a Texas Family Court twice before is happening again. This time to her younger sibling. The 309th Family Judicial District Court upheld joint custody of her fourteen-year-old sister to their father—choosing to ignore irrefutable evidence of his parental child abuse.
“Not taking domestic violence into account is an amazing omission, given that all fifty states and the District of Columbia require courts to consider domestic violence when making child custody determinations,” says Family Court legal expert Barry Goldstein in his book, Domestic Violence, Abuse and Child Custody.
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