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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Texas on
Q: With covid-19 quarantine, can CPS ask that someone move in with you for a service plan? Germs and all going around.

My husband is going through dialysis! Considered a high risk!

Rahlita D. Thornton
Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Apr 2, 2020

I suggest that you voice your concerns to those involved for a more reasonable solution. Good luck. 888-343-4529.

3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for Texas on
Q: I was placed at fault in an accident. Driver has no license, and even admitted fault in a text message weeks later.

I was in a bicycle accident recently involving a car who ran a red light, hitting me on my side and sending me to the emergency room. The police placed ME at fault. This guy had no license, and just recently texted me admitting fault.. Weeks later after the police had already filed their report.... Read more »

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Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Mar 31, 2020

It’s going to depend on the substance of his text and what the witness has to say. As a cyclist myself I empathize with you. I’m willing to discuss it with you on a call tomorrow. 888-343-4529.?

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Texas on
Q: With the Shelter in place going on and the Covid 19, do I have to continue with allowing my son’s father to get him?

He hasn’t seen my son since before Feb 14th hasn’t reached out until this past week. I have no idea where he’s traveled or who has been in his home. We don’t speak and he’s not trustworthy.

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Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Mar 29, 2020

You’ll have to follow your visitation as per the orders of Governor. The school calendar dictates the schedule. Good luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Texas on
Q: I the mother , and the dad signed a notarized letter giving custody of our son to his grandma,how do we get him back?

The grandma always said we can have him back when we wanted but now she won't give him.

Rahlita D. Thornton
Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Mar 29, 2020

It’s going to depend on what exactly the document that you are referring to. You may just be able to go get your child or may have to take court action. Good luck. 888-343-4529.

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law for Texas on
Q: Hey I’m 13 and I live in Texas my dad threatened to punch me in the throat for wearing clothes that fit me is that lega
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Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Mar 28, 2020

If you feel in danger you should consult the police.

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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Texas on
Q: Do I have to provide documentation on court ordered paternity test for divorce if child is not mine?

So I’ve filed for divorce and we’ve been separated since 2006. She had a child after we separated and I was court ordered to take a paternity test which proved the child was not mine. Do I need that proof for my divorce or is it already in the system? I’ve already received a hearing and she... Read more »

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Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Mar 27, 2020

If you have a final order concerning the paternity issue then you can proceed to your divorce. The court on the divorce will need proof thereof. Good luck. 888-343-4529.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Texas on
Q: when does a modified possession end
Rahlita D. Thornton
Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Mar 27, 2020

When the child turns 18. Good luck. 888-343-4529.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Texas on
Q: Spouse moved out and now is under cps investigation do I have temporary custody until the case is closed
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Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Mar 24, 2020

Texas answer. Just because your spouse moved out and is under CPS investigation doesn’t mean the spouse doesn’t have the same rights as before. Orders signed by a judge would dictate. Good luck. 888-343-4529.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Texas on
Q: Texas family law question: I am a single Mom with an 8 year old daughter. I have been in a relationship for 10 months.

My parents are extremely conservative and show disapproval of my boyfriend/my relationship. He’s 40, I’m 29. He has no criminal record and I don’t either. My parents say I am endangering her by letting him stay the night. He has never been abusive or anything to either of us & treats us with... Read more »

Rahlita D. Thornton
Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Mar 18, 2020

What is your question? If it is whether your parents can gain custody of your child with the facts you have given I would say no. Good luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Texas on
Q: Could I reopen a default judgment for a paternity case
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Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Mar 5, 2020

It depends on reason for default and when you learned of it. Good luck 888-343-4529.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Criminal Law for Texas on
Q: The mother moved out of state without my consent or the courts. She also has a gross misdemeanor charge. Custody rights?

She moved out of state and interfered with ability to speak and visit my children. She was held in contempt of court for that. She also has no job, and an active warrant for a gross misdemeanor for injure or tampering with a vehicle during a custody exchange 2 years ago. Will this affect her... Read more »

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Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Feb 29, 2020

Yes those are factors that are important in custody determinations. Good luck. 888-343-4529.

2 Answers | Asked in Personal Injury for Texas on
Q: In auto accident does the legal team collect FIrst from total awarded settlement? Or medical 1st then 33 legal 66 victm

Should expenses be covered first?

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Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Feb 21, 2020

1/3 of total.

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Texas on
Q: If I feel that my In Laws home is unsafe for my child, and that she is unsafe in their care. Is there anything I can do?
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Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Feb 20, 2020

Sounds like you are still married. So, you do have rights to control your children. If you are not married and have an order in place it may need to be modified to address your concerns. Please make sure that you take whatever proof that you have regarding the concerns to an attorney who will be... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law for Texas on
Q: Should I inform our cps caseworker that my 5 year old son has separation anxiety when it comes to being away from me?

We are being investigated on allegations of drug use and have complied with drug screening, an initial interview, and a home safe test. She assured us that we met the standards during the interview and home test. I'm still very worried and scared after reading horror story upon horror story.

Rahlita D. Thornton
Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Feb 20, 2020

If CPS is ever involved parents should seek immediate legal assistance. If you are still unsure about your case consult an attorney. It is your job to speak up as a parent. Good luck.

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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law for Texas on
Q: If I'm paying child support for my daughter and I just recently married with my husband have to pay the child support
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Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Feb 19, 2020

No your current husband is not responsible for child support of a child not his.

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Texas on
Q: Dad passed away With no will, leaving behind 4 children and a wife. If she tries to sell will she have to split proceeds

The down payment for this house was from my dad’s house he got from my mom and dad’s divorce. Not sure if these info helps.

Rahlita D. Thornton
Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Feb 17, 2020

Sounds like the house is separate property. She can live in house until her death. If she sales then most if not all of the proceeds go to the children of father. Detailed consultation advised however. Good luck. 888-343-4529.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Texas on
Q: OAG Review with an Agreed Order?

I had an agreed order in Texas, which has an “agreed” child support order on a 50/50 agreement. I recently received a letter for child support review. I’m the custodial parent. Even though there’s an “agreed” amount, can I ask for a review?

Rahlita D. Thornton
Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Feb 15, 2020

Sure you can ask for a review to the OAG. Whether any changes will be granted is a another issue. Good luck. 888-343-4529.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Texas on
Q: Legal custody

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Finalized a divorce. Father has long drug history. Was given a court ordered drug and failed. Final decree was written for the father to have 6 months supervised visitation but it was not put in the decree that he was to be given another test after the 6 months. Do I... Read more »

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Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Feb 15, 2020

Sounds like you need to set up a consultation with an attorney to thoroughly review your order before proceeding with any restricted courses of action on your part. Good luck 888-343-4529.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Texas on
Q: what do i need to do i wont a divorce and we do not have no ties holding us up.

we have not bin together in 10 to 15yers she has 5 kids and i have 3 i took DNA test for her kids whit the dallas DA.and thay wer not mine so we have no kids to geter

Rahlita D. Thornton
Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Feb 12, 2020

Get the divorce. However, you may have to go through a bit more of a challenging process considering the fact that the children seem to have been born during the marriage. Good luck. 888-343-4529.

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