The legal situation here is this. In Texas, even if the woman is not related to him, if he has lived together with her for 6+ months, she can petition for custody for him, per Tex. Fam. Code §102.003.
So she does
have the right to do so, if she wants. If she does, she would have to serve you and you would have the right to respond. What you would have to do in this case is to file an answer and counter-petition to request custody yourself.
The Court decides on custody based on the rule of thumb of "best interest of the child
.” Factors considered are custodian stability, financial resources, and other relevant factors. Texas Code - Family Code - Chapters: 5-153.004-153.434 et seq.
If she does not file a claim but simply "keeps" the child, then you can initiate it. The petition would be called a SAPCR - Suit Affecting Parent Child Relationship - if she filed it, but if you file it, then it would be a modification of the original divorce
decree under the old cause number.
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