In some Texas custody cases, the major issue is not the actual custody or visitation. Sometimes a court may enjoin a parent from allowing a child to spend time with or be in the presence of another person. Such injunctions can be particularly difficult for the parent if they prohibit the parent from letting the child be with the parent’s relative or romantic partner. A father recently challenged an injunction prohibiting him from allowing his daughter to be in the presence of his girlfriend and her child.
The parents married in 2011 and moved to Austin in 2015. The mother became pregnant in 2017. The father became romantically involved with a co-worker. The father testified he lied to the mother repeatedly to hide the affair. The daughter was born prematurely and stayed in the neonatal intensive care unit for five and a half weeks.
Both parties testified the father spent a lot of time away from the mother and daughter due to his relationship. The mother filed for divorce after she learned of the affair. She also sought an injunction to keep the father from letting his daughter have contact with his girlfriend or her daughter for at least six months after the decree.