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Texas police accused of taking sides in a conservatorship case

The legal term for child custody in Texas is conservatorship. It can evoke strong emotions on both sides when parents disagree about what's best for their children. For instance, if the court grants custody to one parent and the other is not satisfied with the decision or believes his or her rights have been violated, an appeal may be filed. A contentious situations in Abilene includes reported allegations against law enforcement officers for getting involved in a particular case and taking sides to help the biological father get his kids back.

A judge sent the three children in question to live with their mother and her new husband. This apparently angered the kids' biological father, who has also remarried. His wife is said to have connected to police officers through Facebook, which allegedly sparked a plan to smear the stepfather's reputation and accuse him of a crime.

Years ago, the children's stepfather was accused of sexual misconduct. The judge overseeing the case dismissed it due to lack of evidence. The man's record was expunged. However, Abilene police publicly accused the man of being a child predator, reportedly without a shred of evidence to substantiate their claims.

The children's mother and stepfather believe the biological father and stepmother were trying to gain the upper-hand in the conservatorship case and used Texas police officers to help them do it. This is not the first couple to experience high-stress situations regarding custody of children after divorce. Any parent currently facing such problems can seek guidance and support from an experienced family law attorney.

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