Questions Answered by Victoria Collins

Q: What can I do now?

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Texas on
Answered on May 10, 2019
Victoria Collins' answer
The answer to your question, "What can I do ..." depends a lot on what county you are in, and what court you are in. Different judges react to situations in different ways, so the only way to know the "best" course of action is to hire a family law attorney in your area with experience and familiarity with the court your case is in. That said, you can try filing a Motion to Compel. This is a motion requesting the court to compel the other side to take action on the court's temporary orders.

Q: Im looking to sign over my rights to the mother of the child. Is it even possible?

2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody for Texas on
Answered on Apr 18, 2019
Victoria Collins' answer
It is never in the child’s best interest to lose a parent, unless that parent is abusive. So, if you fall into that category then yes it is possible to terminate your parental rights. But as the other attorney said, this is a huge decision that will effect you, the child, the child’s descendants, and the mother for the rest of everyone’s life, so decide wisely, and do not terminate just because of child support obligations.

Q: Do I have to break up with my girlfriend which is my baby mother if we decide to put child support?

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Texas on
Answered on Mar 29, 2019
Victoria Collins' answer
Whether you are a couple or not has nothing to do with supporting your child. If you are old enough to have a child, then you are old enough to take care of it. “Child support” is a legal term that describes a financial responsibility ordered by a court of Law to help with the expenses associated with the responsibility of parenthood.

Q: I’ve been divorced for 3 years. In the decree my ex was to pay me a property settlement over 5 years. He has been

2 Answers | Asked in Divorce for Texas on
Answered on Mar 17, 2019
Victoria Collins' answer
The answer depends on what the settlement was for. Was it for division of property? Did you have out of pocket expenses your ex had to repay? I agree with first attorneys answer. Consult a tax attorney or CPA. Too many unknown details to answer.

Q: I need divorce can’t find husband been separated 9 years

2 Answers | Asked in Divorce for Texas on
Answered on Mar 14, 2019
Victoria Collins' answer
You can file uncontested divorce with a publication of service, but only after you have exhausted good-faith attempts to locate him. You didn’t say if there are children of the marriage, but if there are this is an issue that would need to be addressed in your petition as well.

Q: Have been divorced for 2 yrs. Decree says Divorce with no children. Ex now says a child is mine and wants child support.

2 Answers | Asked in Child Support, Divorce and Family Law for Texas on
Answered on Mar 6, 2019
Victoria Collins' answer
I agree with previous attorney; you should seek advice from a family law attorney. It would be in your interest to seek a DNA paternity test to establish fatherhood, then go from there.

Q: Emergency, Divorce in Tarrant County

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Texas on
Answered on Feb 27, 2019
Victoria Collins' answer
Your wife can obtain a divorce, but you must be served with the petition and given approximately 20 days to answer, presenting your concerns . You will need representation in the county your wife files in.

Q: What legal rights being a grandmother do I have of getting report custody

2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody for Texas on
Answered on Feb 16, 2019
Victoria Collins' answer
In Texas, grandparents rights are limited. As long as the child’s parents are capable and willing to care for the child, grandparents have no standing to gain conservatorship.

Q: Can I take my son without legal repercussion?

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Texas on
Answered on Jan 28, 2019
Victoria Collins' answer
The answer to your question depends on who has the right to establish child’s principal residence.

Q: Could my girl-friends parents call the police on me for hanging out with her at school?

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Criminal Law for Texas on
Answered on Jan 27, 2019
Victoria Collins' answer
Yes, a person has a right to call the police anytime he/she has a concern regarding themselves or someone else. Also, if “hanging out” included sexual conduct you may be charged with statutory sexual assault of a minor

Q: Does my child support end if my 16-year-old daughter gets pregnant? El Paso Texas

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Texas on
Answered on Jan 24, 2019
Victoria Collins' answer
I agree with the previous answer, but I just want to add that you have an obligation to support your child until he/she turns 18 or graduates high school, whichever occurs last.

Q: Can a 16 year old boy get arrested for getting a 14 year old girl pregnant?

3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Texas on
Answered on Jan 24, 2019
Victoria Collins' answer
Yes. You can be charged with and arrested for statutory rape. Since you are 16 years old, you will automatically be charged as an adult.

Q: I have a C/O in Randall County TX. Kids have been with me 11mnths in Ector county.What county do I file emergen custody

2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for Texas on
Answered on Jan 24, 2019
Victoria Collins' answer
The easiest would be to file in Randall County since they have continuing jurisdiction. Depending on where mom lives however, you may request a transfer to the county the children have resided for at least 6 months. Since they have lived with you since March you have met that threshold.

Q: Hi, I was charged with criminal mischief felony, in ICU when I damaged ventilator after waking up confused and on drugs.

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Texas on
Answered on Jan 24, 2019
Victoria Collins' answer
Your drug defense is effective to lessen or decrease you sentence but cannot be used to defeat mens tea.

Q: can I get a geological restriction lifted?

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Texas on
Answered on Jan 23, 2019
Victoria Collins' answer
Based on the information provided, you can modify the existing conservatorship, however, the children's father may contest this. Always best to consult a family law attorney one-on-one so they can look over the existing orders and assess your situation. Also be advised that in Texas, the parent who moves more than 100 miles from the other conservator must bear the cost of children's travel to visit in most cases.

Q: My 14 year old grandchild was abandoned 2 years ago by my ex daughter in law whom has custody of her.

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Texas on
Answered on Jan 23, 2019
Victoria Collins' answer
You may have rights based on the information you have given, however a face-to-face consultation with a family law attorney is always best in these situations. Parents usually have the right of access to the child in most situations, barring family violence or criminal history. However, more information is needed to assess your rights. This issue is time-sensitive so I would suggest contacting a local family law attorney ASAP.

Q: is it obstruction of justice for a peace officer to keep info from another peace officer at a scene?

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Texas on
Answered on Jan 22, 2019
Victoria Collins' answer
No, it doesn’t sound like obstruction of justice took place: it sounds more like a decision had to be made to protect both parties. In Texas, an arrest is mandatory in a domestic abuse report. Unfortunately for you, you’re spouse made the call and you did not. Prior incidents are irrelevant as to who is the aggressor in the current situation.

Q: ex arrested 4 domesticviolence. Hes still on parole. Our daughter lives with him,what do I have to do to get her hm w/me

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Texas on
Answered on Jan 22, 2019
Victoria Collins' answer
If your ex is the managing conservator, then you will need to file a motion to modify conservatorship (custody) appointing you as the managing conservator and the ex possessory with supervised visitation. If you are the managing conservator then you need a motion to enforce and writ of attachment to get your child back, and also if ex is supposed to have unsupervised visits, ask for a modification requesting only supervised visitation. Of course, the outcome of all of this will be dependent on...

Q: I am a grandparent. I would like to persure custody of my granddaughter.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Texas on
Answered on Jan 20, 2019
Victoria Collins' answer
You may petition for custody if the child had been in your possession and care for at least 6 months (not necessarily consecutive months). Consult a family law attorney to help you.

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