State Must Alert Parents in Person in Custody Cases

The state must do what it reasonably can to personally notify parents when suing to deprive them of custody of their children, the Texas Supreme Court ruled on Friday. Failure to do so grants parents the right to appeal verdicts, the ruling states, even beyond the six-month deadline for appealing child custody cases.

The ruling could have significant consequences for Texas, where, according to the Department of Family Protective Services website, about 66,000 children faced abuse or neglect in 2011, and more than 17,000 children were removed from their homes.

It is not yet clear if the ...

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