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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Texas on
Q: My friends father just received a letter from SAPD asking him to come in regards to a case. What should he do?

Should he go in or should he get a lawyer.

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Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Jan 27, 2020

Get a lawyer before discussing any issues with them. Good luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Texas on
Q: My x husband is in prison for molestion our daughter. How do i take his parental rights to protect my kids from him?

I have the documentation of his conviction and sentencing. He has agreed to sign the papers to terminate. I just cant find the forms or know the process.

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Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Jan 26, 2020

Consult an attorney to make sure the process is taken care of properly. Best of luck to you and your daughter. 888-343-4529.

2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support, Divorce and Family Law for Texas on
Q: What do I need to do to get a divorce from my husband who was deported back to Mexico? We have a 9 yr old daughter.
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Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Jan 24, 2020

File divorce in Texas and get him served in Mexico if you have a good address. Good luck. 888-343-4529.

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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for Texas on
Q: My husband doesn’t want to get a divorce but he’s not living with me either. How can I get the deed in my name?

We have been married 24 years

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Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Jan 22, 2020

You’ll have to get a divorce in order to have the property awarded to you. Good luck. 888-343-4529.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Texas on
Q: If I open another bank account in my name only do I have to disclose any funds I may deposit - if I file for divorce?
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Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Jan 22, 2020

More than likely yes. Good luck. 888-353-4529.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Texas on
Q: Trying to get my legal name back after the divorce but my divorce papers are not notarized How can I get them notari
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Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Jan 21, 2020

You have to do a name change petition if the decree does not change your name. It’s a new lawsuit. Good luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Texas on
Q: How does it work when a child is included/not in the protective order and there is already a custody order in place?

Im a victim of domestic violence back in Dec. Were going to court for a protective order Wednesday, trying to include my daughter in it. Just trying to figure out what happens to the custody order if she is included or if she isnt included.

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Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Jan 19, 2020

You should get your own attorney so you don’t lose custody of your child. Good luck. 888-343-4529.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Child Support for Texas on
Q: Getting a divorce in TX. Child support will begin in TX. Wife is now trying to start an assume case in Puerto Rico

I’ve been separated from my wife for many years. I reside in Texas and she and my daughters reside in Puerto Rico. We have two daughters together. I have been sending her child support via money gram (no order in place). I began divorce proceedings but she does not want to sign. Included in the... Read more »

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Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Jan 19, 2020

Consult with your attorney and if you don’t have one employee one as these issues can become legally complicated real fast. Even lawyers have to sort through various facts to come up with a solution. Good luck. 888-343-4529.

2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support, Divorce and Family Law for Texas on
Q: What does a father need to have for a compelling case in order for him to have custody of his children.

Mother and father were never married. And mother chose to leave

The father has a stable income and a house for the children. He also has a minimal criminal record in the past.

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Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Jan 18, 2020

There are so many factors to determine the best interest of a child. But mother and father have equal rights to their child. If the father is serious he should fight. Good luck. 888-343-4529.

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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Texas on
Q: What is considered common law marriage in Texas

We lived together almost 20 years. Bought a house together in 1998 I thought we were going to be married he introduced me as his wife so they added my name on the deed with his last name and I signed using his last name.

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Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Jan 17, 2020

You have a very good chance of having a determination that you all are married. Find a divorce lawyer. However, due to law you can not be separated more than 2 years in order to prove up a common law marriage. Good luck 888-343-4529.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Texas on
Q: If paternity was never established, no signature on BC, can my soon to be husband adopt my daughter?

Daughter was born in Texas, father has never acknowledged her or provided any support. Was not there during or after pregnancy. She is 5 months now. No signature on bc. He is in the UK. My fiancé wants to adopt her. Is it possible? We are living in Louisiana. I’m asking is there anything that... Read more »

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Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Jan 17, 2020

If you’re living in LA you should consult an attorney there.

2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody for Texas on
Q: Can I hire a lawyer if my husbands lawyer won’t represent me in a custody case?

This case has been going on for a year or so, he is trying to get custody of his son. His parents have custody at the moment. The mom has three endangerment charges out of a Harris County. And a possession charge, and these are all recent. She doesn’t want me around her son, and she just filed... Read more »

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Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Jan 16, 2020

Each party should have their own attorney. Good luck. 888-343-4529.

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Texas on
Q: could my ex-husband get custody of my teenage daughter.

My husband and I are in the process of getting a divorce. We have 2 children-13 year old daughter and 8 year old son. My teenage daughter got upset with me and now has been with her dad for 2 months not wanting to come back home with me. I have been under severe stress and have lost my job. When... Read more »

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Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Jan 15, 2020

The court will decide the issue based on the best interests of your children. Therefore, either parent can have primary custody. Courts don’t like to separate siblings.

2 Answers | Asked in Divorce for Texas on
Q: My husband is a business owner. I’m a stay at home mom since 2015. In Texas how does alimony work? And child custody?

Husband is a business owner. Made a profit of over 11 million and still growing. I’ve been a stay at home mom since 2015. Can I fight for alimony and custody of children? He would end up giving the kids to his mother to raise. He lives eats and breaths his job. Kids barely see him or me.

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Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Jan 14, 2020

Sure you can fight for custody and should do so. Also, depending on the business you may be entitled to a portion of the business. Good luck 888-343-4529.

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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Texas on
Q: Hello

Hello, me and my husband have been married 15 years with 4 children, about a month ago a woman showed up to my home stating she had a child with my husband and the child is 16, my husband claimed he wasn’t quite sure if that was ever his child because the mother had a history of different men her... Read more »

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Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Jan 13, 2020

If he is the father he is responsible for current child support and may be responsible for retroactive child support depending on his knowledge of the alleged child. Good luck. 888-343-4529.

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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Texas on
Q: Can living in Dallas hotel count as residing 4 divorce? Belongings stored in Dallas. We travel and don't live anywhere.

When our lease expired in Dallas Co we went on a year long travel. Our belongings are stored in Dallas. Our car is registered in Dallas. My driver license is in Dallas Co.

We have been in one hotel in Dallas Co for 31 days and counting. My husband is draining our resources as a serious... Read more »

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Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Jan 12, 2020

You have to reside in Texas for 6 months and the county for last 90 days in order for court to be able to issue any orders. Good luck 888-243-4529.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for Texas on
Q: The non custodial parent hasn’t been served yet . He went to another state to avoid child support. Can I do enforcement

The woman he works for he lives with . She refuses to provide employee information so that they can serve him .

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Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Jan 12, 2020

In order to proceed on an enforcement he will have to be personally served. Good luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Texas on
Q: Can a child go to Juve for arguing with their parents

I don’t have a good relationship with my mom and we argue a lot and she had threatened to send me to Juve for being Rebellious can she really do that

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Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Jan 10, 2020

If you commit crimes then yes your parents can report your criminal acts to the officials. However, just arguing is not going to be enough to send you to a juvenile facility. Try and calmly communicate with your parents how you are feeling without escalating the situation. Consider writing to them... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law and Child Custody for Texas on
Q: I need assistance with custody of my 4&6 year old.

My husband & I both want to keep full custody.I want to avoid fighting

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Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Jan 9, 2020

That’s awesome for you all to come together for the benefit of your child! You should be able to obtain an attorney who can explain to you the options so that you can proceed accordingly. It will be less costly since you all agree. 888–343-4529. Good luck.

2 Answers | Asked in Divorce, Family Law and Child Custody for Texas on
Q: If you're seperated are you allowed to remove items from the home and property
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Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Jan 8, 2020

Until you have a court order that says anything different the property can be taken by either party. In order to avoid that you have to file a motion for temporary restraining order as it relates to the property issues. Let us know if we can help. 888-343-4529. Good luck.

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