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Justice Debra Lehrmann of Texas Supreme Court. Justice Debra Lehrmann of Texas Supreme Court.

Imagine the following scenario. A mother and father have a child together in another state. The mother moves to Texas for work, and both parents agree that the child should stay with her. After a few months, the parents decide that they cannot make the long-distance arrangement work. The father files for divorce in Texas, asking the court to address child custody. The parents extensively litigate the entire proceeding, and the trial court issues a final judgment.

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