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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Civil Rights, Landlord - Tenant and Small Claims for Texas on
Q: I had my car illegally towed from apartment. What can I do?

Apt did not use contracted towing company as what’s listed in my contract and outside buildings. They will not tell me a reason my car was towed. Who ever took my car did not leave any information on where my car was taken to. They did not register my car as towed, so it has been stolen. I made a... Read more »

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Jonathan Tanaka answered on Apr 9, 2021

Hello, thanks for your question!

Sorry to hear about that! In regards to the fees that you are being charged, on the invoices you are receiving, there should be a phone or email address that you can reach out to figure out what's going on.

I'm a little confused - how do...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Texas on
Q: Do I have to meet my ex halfway during her designated summer weekends?

My ex and I meet half way on my weekends to see my son as it is stated in our MSA to do so on those weekends. However, My MSA states that during my designated summer time with him that my ex can designate 2 non consecutive weekends to have him. It states ""Conservator" may have... Read more »

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Jonathan Tanaka answered on Apr 6, 2021

Thanks for your question! Unless you both negotiated and agreed to meet halfway somewhere else in the MSA, it doesn't appear like it's required.

I would reach out to a local family law attorney in your area (Burnet) so they can review the language of your MSA. Or, reach out to...
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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Texas on
Q: On child support, my son has been living with me for 4 1/2 yrs. I have job insurance but she still gets support&Medicaid

What do i do

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Jonathan Tanaka answered on Mar 31, 2021

Thanks for your question! I would reach out to a family law attorney in your area (I didn't see a city listed on your question) so the attorney can review the final order with you and learn more about the facts surrounding your situation.

It sounds like you are wanting to modify the...
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1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Texas on
Q: My daughter’s mom requested a child support modification and is also requesting 4 years of retroactive child support.

My original child support order was created in 2009 and supposedly expired in 2011 from what I am being told. However, I continued to pay from 2009 to current through our registry only account until recently when my daughter’s mom requested a modification. I have since agreed to the new amount... Read more »

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Jonathan Tanaka answered on Mar 30, 2021

Thanks for your question! It sounds like it'd be helpful to reach out to a local, family law attorney in the area (New Braunfels) so they can learn more about the facts in this current matter and also review the original child support order from 2009.

How did you agree to a new,...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Texas on
Q: When will my court date be?

My child’s father is not allowing me to have visitation with my daughter. I plan on filing motion to enforce. After I file the paperwork, how soon will my court date be scheduled for?

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Jonathan Tanaka answered on Mar 24, 2021

Thanks for your question!

It really depends. A lot of courts have been significantly affected by COVID. Many hearings here have been pushed out to June/July.

Have you reached out to an attorney yet? I would recommend that you contact a local family law attorney in Katy, TX so the...
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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for Texas on
Q: How long do I have to file motion to enforce for child visitation?

In Texas, after I gather all my evidence (police reports, receipts, etc) how long do I have to file motion to enforce for child visitation? Is there a cut off date for filing? After the denied visits, how much time can pass before I file?

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Jonathan Tanaka answered on Mar 24, 2021

Thanks for your question! I would recommend reaching out to a local family law attorney in your area so the attorney can review your final order with you and discuss the facts surrounding your situation.

The Texas Family Code states that the court retains jurisdiction if the motion for...
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1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law, Medical Malpractice and Health Care Law for Texas on
Q: Can a 16 year old minor be prescribed medication with only one parent knowledge and consent in Tennessee?

My wife scheduled mental health counseling for our 16 year old son. Prescription medications SERTRALINE

and FAMOTIDINE were prescribed. I am the father. And was not aware or approved of prescription medications. Can a minor in Tennessee be prescribed these drugs without both parents consent?

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Jonathan Tanaka answered on Mar 24, 2021

Hello, thanks for your question!

I am not a doctor and am not sure what those prescriptions are for, but since you're both married and this is your son, you both are free to make medical choices regarding your son, either jointly or separately.

I would suggest that you...
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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Divorce and Family Law for Texas on
Q: What other legal options do I have?

Me and my ex spouse were married for 12 years and divorced in Texas. This was a uncontested divorce and the decree lists us both as joint managing conservators with her as the custodial parent. There is not a standard possession order it only states that visitation will be agreeable by both... Read more »

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Jonathan Tanaka answered on Mar 23, 2021

Thanks for your question and I'm sorry to hear about your situation.

I would suggest that you reach out to a local family law attorney so the attorney can review your final order with you and learn more about the facts surrounding your situation.

It sounds like you will need...
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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Texas on
Q: My childs father won’t help me financially anymore. I have my child more than he does

My child goes to school in the district i reside in, I have my child more days out of the week than he does. He’s decided not to help me financially anymore. He’s going to try an fight for joint custody and not pay child support. What do I need to do

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Jonathan Tanaka answered on Mar 22, 2021

Hello, thanks for your question!

I would suggest that you reach out to a Houston-area family law attorney as soon as possible. The attorney can review the final order and learn more about the facts surrounding your situation.

If your husband does follow through and attempt to...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Texas on
Q: I’m the NCP in a standard possession order. Do I get my daughter this weekend?? I’m being told no by the CP.

We have a standard possession order.

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Jonathan Tanaka answered on Mar 22, 2021

Thanks for your question! It would depend on what your final order states. I am assuming the CP is referring to the fact that they were to have the child for spring break?

In any case, I would suggest reaching out to a family law attorney in Dallas so the attorney can learn more facts...
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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Texas on
Q: my landlord changed its policies and requiring 2month notice to move....we have been month to month does it apply to me

my landlord changed its policies and requiring 2month notice to move....we have been month to month does it still apply to me since we are not in a lease? I don't mind giving 30 days notice but 2 seems a little excessive

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Jonathan Tanaka answered on Mar 16, 2021

Thanks for your question! 60 days is fairly standard, at least where I'm from. If you're interested, you could always reach out to a local landlord-tenant attorney in your area (Irving) so the attorney can review your lease and the new policy change. Best of luck!

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Texas on
Q: Visitation

I have court ordered visitation for my child. My order gives the days and time for my visitation. But My order doesn’t specify anything about the rules for exchange of the child. It does say “It is further ordered that all possession and access by (ME) shall be supervised by (my mother and... Read more »

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Jonathan Tanaka answered on Mar 16, 2021

Thanks for your question! I would suggest that you reach out to a family law attorney in your area (Katy). See if you can hire one to review your court order and provide some advice. There may be more clarification/details elsewhere in the order.

Also, generally, as long as you and the...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Texas on
Q: What are my rights when it comes to my kids being picked up from school by fathers girlfriend?

Kids or I have never meet this girlfriend he’s only been dating a month we both have hired attorneys but no papers have been filed.

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Jonathan Tanaka answered on Mar 8, 2021

Thanks for your question! I definitely understand your concern -- I'm glad that you have hired an attorney. I would certainly suggest that you reach out to the attorney for advice.

Most divorce decrees/final orders have language allowing a parent to designate a competent individual to...
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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Divorce for Texas on
Q: I am looking for a Lawyer that is certified in both Idaho and Texas for child support and custody, Where should I start?

I recently got married and my husband has 2 children that live full time in Texas with their mother, he lives in Idaho currently. They originally had a custody agreement that gave him every second Saturday but since moving he has not been able to reach her at all to inquire about the kids or try... Read more »

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Jonathan Tanaka answered on Mar 8, 2021

Hello, thanks for your question and congratulations on the recent marriage! I am licensed in Texas, so I just want to state upfront that I am unsure of Idaho laws.

One important question to ask is where was the custody agreement signed/completed? From your comment, I would guess Idaho?...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Texas on
Q: I'm NCP and my daughter moved in with me on Jan 7th of 2020 but not done through courts.

My daughter (14) moved in with me Jan 7th of 2020 due to her mother not being steady or able to provide basic needs. Her mother packed her stuff and gave her to me (i have video). I filed all requested paperwork that the state asked but now it's in limbo because the CP makes excuses to why... Read more »

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Jonathan Tanaka answered on Mar 3, 2021

Thanks for your question!

Yes, I understand that finances are tight, but it would be in your best interests to reach out to a family law attorney in your area as soon as possible so they attorney can review the prior order with you and learn more about the fact surrounding the case....
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1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Texas on
Q: What happens if I show up to child support court making a lot less money than I was originally making?

I have child support court coming up in April. For a modification

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Jonathan Tanaka answered on Mar 2, 2021

Thanks for your question! I would strongly recommend that you reach out to a family law attorney in your area as soon as possible so the attorney can review the previous final order with you and learn more about the facts surrounding your situation.

The mere fact that you make more or less...
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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Texas on
Q: Can landlord tell me who is allowed to come to apartment
Jonathan Tanaka
Jonathan Tanaka answered on Mar 1, 2021

Thanks for your question! It depends on what your lease says. Landlords and tenants, through the lease agreement, can agree to pretty much anything.

I would suggest that your reach out to a local attorney in your area (LaPorte) who does landlord-tenant law so that they attorney can review...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Texas on
Q: Am I responsible for 50% if ex took kids to doctor who is private and cash pay only when I have insurance for them?

I have insurance for my kids, my ex took my kids to a counselor who does not take insurance and is only cash pay. My insurance covers counseling and it’s only $60, am I responsible for paying half of the original receipt she submitted to me that is in the 100’s when I should only pay $30?

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Jonathan Tanaka answered on Feb 25, 2021

Thank you for your question! I would suggest that you reach out to a local family law attorney so that the attorney can review what your divorce decree states and learn more about the facts surrounding your situation.

Oftentimes, the divorce decree will specify how medical expenses are to...
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1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Texas on
Q: If both parties no longer live in Missouri can child support still be through Missouri or does it need to be changed?

My husband and his ex wife’s divorce/child support order was through Missouri. Neither party lives in that state any longer. She just modified the amount through Missouri while living in Alabama does that need to change to her current state or does it matter?

Jonathan Tanaka
Jonathan Tanaka answered on Feb 24, 2021

Thanks for your question! I am not familiar with Missouri laws, but generally, a court retains jurisdiction until it is either lost or transferred. Thus, it is possible for your husband's ex-wife to modify the amount of child support even though she lives in Alabama. Hope that helps!... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Texas on
Q: Do I file in the county my divorce was filed or can I file 4 failure to pay spousal support in thecounty I reside
Jonathan Tanaka
Jonathan Tanaka answered on Feb 24, 2021

Thanks for your question! I would suggest that you reach out to a family law attorney in your area so the attorney can review your divorce decree and learn more about the facts surrounding your situation.

Generally, you should file in the county where the divorce was filed/entered....
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