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3 Answers | Asked in Divorce for Texas on
Q: I got married in Puerto Rico I live in TX now, don’t know where he is how can I file for divorce?

When we got married we were only 17 once we decided to go our separate ways we never filed for divorce. We do not have kids together. It’s been 16 years that we separated. I now live in Texas and I’m not sure where he is we lost contact. I just want to get the process done but not sure how to... Read more »

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

You can file the divorce in the county in which you live. You will need at least the last known addresses of your spouse to proceed. Note-I said "known"...Good luck. 888-343-4529.

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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law for Texas on
Q: I was served a protective order 2 weeks ago. Hearing was today and my ex nor her lawyer appeared. What happens now?

I was served an ex parte protective order two weeks ago from my ex-wife claiming abuse to my two children. She also opened a CPS case and after investigation it was closed with no findings of abuse. Today was the hearing and she nor her lawyer appeared. I was told by the baliff the case was taken... Read more »

Rahlita D. Thornton
Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Jun 24, 2020

You should hire an attorney right away to determine how to proceed. These types of cases could possibly having you face jail time and contempt of court. Good luck. 888-343-4529.

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Support and Divorce for Texas on
Q: my son was born before the marriage. do i include him in the divorce?

he also is reserves army and barely helps with our son. how do i go about this? we also got married in louisiana and i live in texas do i have to file in louisiana?

Rahlita D. Thornton
Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Jun 9, 2020

You can file in the county where you live in Texas.

2 Answers | Asked in Divorce for Texas on
Q: Can I draw up divorce papers myself and send them to my husband without making it official?
Rahlita D. Thornton
Rahlita D. Thornton answered on May 16, 2020

You could draft divorce documents. But, why do it if you don’t really want to make it official. Agreed divorces can be handled all online in most of the courts in Harris County due to the pandemic. When you’re ready to proceed we could assist. 888-343-4529.

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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Child Support for Texas on
Q: I got a letter from the AG of notice of right to request review. Is this notice only for the payer?

I live in Texas and wanted to know if I’m getting this because my ex is trying to get more money from me?

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

The OAG routinely sends these letters out without being requested to do so. Good luck. 888-343-4529.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Texas on
Q: I was never served for a court date and the father was granted full custody. What do I do to get my rights back?

the visitation they said I have to follow (which I still don't have my own copies of the custody court papers) state I am to have supervised visitations for only two hours at his residence on 1st 3rd and 5th Saturdays. This is what they stated to me. The father won't even speak to me, I... Read more »

Rahlita D. Thornton
Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Apr 26, 2020

An attorney would be best suited to figure out the legalities of the service issue. Your time is limited to complain. As an attorney I wish parents could work together for the best interests of the child. I hope your child will be ok despite it all. Good luck 888-343-4529.

2 Answers | Asked in Divorce, Family Law and Child Custody for Texas on
Q: Ex husband moved out of state, I was limited to 2 counties in Texas. Can I move out of the county now?

I was limited to 3 counties in Texas and the counties connecting them. As well as one county in Georgia where he is from. He was in Lubbock. (One area I was able to go). He has moved to Florida without notifying the system or me. I want to move to a county separate from those I was allowed. (But... Read more »

Rahlita D. Thornton
Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Apr 13, 2020

The order should detail whether you have to remain if he leaves. Read it carefully. If you’re still not sure what to do then consult a family law attorney. Good luck 888-343-4529.

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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 »

Rahlita D. Thornton
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.

Rahlita D. Thornton
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
Rahlita D. Thornton
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 »

Rahlita D. Thornton
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
Rahlita D. Thornton
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... 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
Rahlita D. Thornton
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 »

Rahlita D. Thornton
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?

Rahlita D. Thornton
Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Feb 21, 2020

1/3 of total.

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