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Apr 27, 2020
During COVID-19 Lockdown, TX Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Case in Which Little Girl Could Be Taken from Her Father and Given to Unrelated Man

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TX Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Unprecedented “In re CJC” Case, THSC Analysis Details Facts and Possible Outcomes

(Dallas, TX—April 27, 2020)—On April 22, the Texas Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the unprecedented custody case known as In re CJC. Texas Home School Coalition, one of the nation’s leading authorities on parent and family rights, with more than three decades of experience in the space, has filed a brief in the case and is leading the grassroots effort to protect the parental rights of the little girl’s father. The case centers around whether or not a man, who is a non-relative, has the right to joint custody of a 5-year-old girl. This unrelated man was the fiancé of the girl’s mother, who passed away in 2018, and the man is now suing for joint custody with the girl’s father. 

“Sadly, as is often the case in these situations, this grieving girl and her father are being swept up in a growing effort to strip parents of any legal rights regarding their children,” said Jeremy Newman, Director of Public Policy with Texas Home School Coalition. “Our hope is that the Court rules on behalf of this father and his little daughter, and for parents across America. It’s time Americans demand we get off this slippery slope and restore common sense to parental rights. We are dangerously close to a legal precedent being set that any parent, no matter how well they love and nurture their child, can have their right to raise their child put into jeopardy thanks to the whims of strangers and the state.” 


In re CJC is a case in which a biological father is battling the fiancé of his 5-year-old little girl’s deceased mother for custody. #LetHerStay is a grassroots campaign to raise awareness and build support for this family, as well as to petition Texas Governor Abbott to take action to protect all Texas families. 

Facts and Analysis

  • The outcome of this case could jeopardize 100 years of constitutional protections for parents and families.
  • All parties in the case openly acknowledge that the father is an entirely fit parent—a good father who acts in the best interest of his daughter.
  • After the lower court ruled that the maternal grandparents of the child could have custody rights of the daughter, the court of appeals overturned the decision on the basis that the father was a fit father. However, the fiancé was inexplicably still allowed to obtain custody.
  • The fiancé, who has no relation to the daughter and has spent less than 6 months with her, argues that he should have an equal right to custody and should be allowed to share custody of the daughter in spite of the father’s objections.
  • At oral arguments on April 22, several justices repeatedly challenged the fiancé’s attorney on how she could argue that a non-relative has an equal right to another man’s child.
  • Observers to the oral argument proceedings on Wednesday, April 22, noted that, in their comments and questions, the Texas Supreme Court Justices articulated the magnitude of the potential precedent set by the case.

To sign the petition and learn more about the case, visit: https://letherstay.com

About Texas Home School Coalition

Texas Home School Coalition (THSC) has served as the authority on homeschooling in Texas for more than three decades. THSC impacts the lives of hundreds of thousands of families in Texas through advocacy, education and support.

Apr 22, 2020
Amidst COVID-19 Lockdown, TX Supreme Court Could Rule Little Girl Taken from Her Father and Given to Unrelated Man

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#LetHerStay Grassroots Campaign Supporting Father of 5-Year-Old Denton County, TX Girl Launches as He Battles Deceased Mother’s Fiance—a Non-Relative Who Has Spent Less than 6 Months with the Daughter—for Custody in Case Deciding Whether or Not Biological Parents Have the Constitutional Right to Their Children at  Time When Family is More Important than Ever

TX Supreme Court Oral Arguments in “In re CJC” Case Tomorrow, April 22nd

(Dallas, TX—April 21, 2020)—Texas Home School Coalition, one of the nation’s leading authorities on parent and family rights with more than three decades of experience in the space, is launching its #LetHerStay petition campaign today to raise awareness of a landmark case coming before the Texas Supreme Court on April 22nd which could decide whether or not biological parents have the right to their own children. The case, known as In re CJC, centers around a father who is battling against a non-relative for custody of his five-year-old daughter. This unrelated man was the fiancee of the girl’s mother, who passed away in 2018.

“It’s hard to imagine that a court of law would ever have to decide that a perfectly-fit father does not have the right to raise his own little girl, yet that’s exactly what’s at stake. If this case goes the wrong way, it could set a terrifying precedent in which courts in the future don’t have to favor parents in custody battles. Anyone, regardless of family status, could lay claim to a child,” said Jeremy Newman, Director of Public Policy with Texas Home School Coalition. “We’re launching #LetHerStay to raise awareness with Texans, and the whole nation, about the importance of this family rights case that is being argued in the middle of a national lockdown due to coronavirus. At a time when family is more important than ever, it is actually possible that a little girl could be taken out of her own home to live with a man she is completely unrelated to.”

In re CJC is a case in which a biological father is battling the fiance of his 5-year-old little girl’s deceased mother for custody. All parties in the case openly acknowledge that the father is an entirely fit parent—a good father who acts in the best interest of his daughter. Nevertheless, the fiance, who has no relation to the daughter, argues that he should be allowed to share custody of the daughter over the father’s objections.

#LetHerStay is a grassroots campaign to raise awareness and built support for this family, as well as to petition Texas Governor Abbott to take action to protect all Texas families.

To sign the petition and learn more about the case, visit: https://letherstay.com

About Texas Home School Coalition

Texas Home School Coalition (THSC) has served as the authority on homeschooling and family rights in Texas for more than three decades. THSC impacts the lives of hundreds of thousands of families in Texas through advocacy, education and support.