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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for Texas on

Q: Expecting child w/ ex. Is it legal for him not to take care of our baby?

Me and my ex are expecting a child in May. He wants to pay child support, but not care for our child. I want to have equal responsibility for caring for our child. Is it legal for him to neglect responsibility?

Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Jul 21, 2019

Both parents have an obligation to take care of their children regardless if you two are in a relationship or not.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Child Custody for Texas on

Q: What do I need to do if wife left house, took only 1 of 3 kids, refuses to bring her back, she living on a frien couch

4th time in 5 years she walks out, I work from home and very well established. we have boy 12, girl 8 and another girl 4 (which is the one she took with her) shes running a failing business. she is living on a friends couch and refuses to bring the 4 year old back home. can she legally separate... Read more »

Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Jul 20, 2019

The only way to address this is to file for divorce and request temporary orders. Good luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Texas on

Q: Hey I had a few questions about the custody of me and my children.

Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Jul 19, 2019

Custody issues can be complex. We understand. But, you should consider posting your particular questions.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Texas on

Q: We are a 3rd party Non Relation we had a child since she was 2 she is almost 7 we have full sole Custody

More than likely the father will not sign anything he doesn't even get involved Mom voluntarily signed her rights Through a notary And 2 witnesses Do we have a standing for adoption

Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Jul 13, 2019

If you already have “full custody” then I’ll assume for this question you have court ordered custody. Yes, you have standing to seek adoption. Get an attorney to proceed. Good luck. 888-343-4529.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Texas on

Q: He owns the home. It is a 5 bedroom home. I will leave, but I need my things and time to get my finances in order.

I sold all of my things when we moved in together. Also, he sold my car and purchased a vehicle for me that I can not afford.. he did this so I could take all of our kids to their functions. I have two children, he has one living with us.

Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Jul 9, 2019

Consult an attorney to establish temporary order once you are ready to file for divorce concerning your ability to stay in home until divorce.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Texas on

Q: How can I get a court date?

I have not had my custody case resolved nor have I had a court date since 09/2018. My child went to visit her dad(w/o) a custody agreement 12/2017. He did not return her. I filed a custody case and was able to get a temporary agreement thru mediation- an msa-which expired 08/2018. Unfortunately,... Read more »

Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Jul 9, 2019

This is hearbreaking. You should consult with your family members to seek financial assistance and assert your rights. You need to get involved with the CPS case. Even if you can not get a lawyer you should at least contact CPS to let them know that you need to have information on what is going... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Texas on

Q: My ex won't pay child support. I never got child support on him I just want him to come see his daughter.

My ex haven't seen his daughter since she was born I've been trying to tell him to come see her but he won't I told him I'm going to do child support but he said that he is not going to pay? He has two more kids and he pays child support and he see them but I've been trying to get him to see Abby... Read more »

Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Jul 9, 2019

You can not force a parent to visit. You can file for child support and then that person is responsible whether he visits or not. The Attorney General assists with establishing child support orders. Connect with them.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Texas on

Q: Can The father on his visitation weekend drop her off somewhere else ? And leave her

they both lied to me about my daughter whereabouts and when I went to pick her up at his mothers they told me I was contempt of court and she threatened me to take her away from me. the fathers wasn’t around

Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Jul 9, 2019

The father can take his child to wherever he chooses on his own time unless your order dictates otherwise.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Texas on

Q: My son lives with my sister-in-law CPS don't want to give him back due to drugs what are my rights how can I get my son

I'm pregnant and I'm afraid that they are going to take this one too what shoud I do. I have a sister who is plane B

Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Jul 9, 2019

You should hire an attorney to assert your rights.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law, Child Custody and Domestic Violence for Texas on

Q: Can I file on my own or should I hire an attorney?

My husband is incarcerated, we have 2 small children and he is now threatening me accusing me for him being incarcerated. Who/How can I talk to about obtaining legal & full custody of my kids as well as protection from him not knowing where we stay. I have police reports from abuse and violence... Read more »

Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Jul 9, 2019

You should hire an attorney especially since you are in fear of your safety. Good luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Texas on

Q: Is there time limit in which i must be served by my spouse or a public servant from the day of filing in texas?

Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Jul 9, 2019

No there is no time limit on that.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Texas on

Q: My son is 16 and hasn't seen his son since his girlfriend was taken by CPS, What can he do?

Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Jun 29, 2019

If there is no order in place then he should petition the court to establish his parental rights over his son.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Texas on

Q: I am a mentor and I have a child staying with me how would I go about getting her emancipated

Since before she can remember she has been in and out of homeless shelters, being evicted and staying in hotels, I believe it is in her best interest to be emancipated and stay with me until she is older because her Situation is very unstable and her father is very possessive

Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Jun 26, 2019

She would have to show that she can take care of herself in order to be emancipated. If she has to stay with someone else they it is probably going to be hard to prove this.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Texas on

Q: My husband and I went through a cps case and my mother in law was granted the kids but our rights weren't stripped

Passed away in October 2018 but now my sister in law has them and she said that cps told her that they are wards of the state unless someone takes them in..our case has been closed by the way and we asked cps if they told her that and they told us that they don't know who or why they told her that... Read more »

Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Jun 26, 2019

Contact a lawyer right away and provide them with all of the orders from the court. If you do not have them then they should obtain copies from the court. Your parental rights outweigh sister in law's rights. However, if you do not act right away then you are compromising your case. Good luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Texas on

Q: I am 2ndary JMC in Harris Cnty, TX. My child's mother has passed away, what are my rights?

I have taken possession of my daughter from her mothers parents. I waited until after she was out of school. The grandparents are not named in the final order. They are now petitioning to Modify Parent-Child Relationship and Motion to Transfer Venue to their county. I have not withheld my... Read more »

Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Jun 25, 2019

Sorry for your family’s loss. You should respond and retain an attorney to assert your parental rights. Take the case seriously. Let us know if we can assist. 888-343-4529.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Texas on

Q: Can we get a divorce in Texas and stay in different parts of the house .? It’s to expensive to set up a second househol

Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Jun 24, 2019

Yes you can file if you have plans to move to separate and their is no reasonable expectation of you ever reconciling because of your differences.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Family Law for Texas on

Q: Can I get my rights back even though my daughter has been legally adopted for 15 years & I have raised her for 15 years.

My parents convinced me to relinquish my rights when I was 18. I stayed living with them to raise my daughter for 15 years. I am now married and living on my own and they will not allow my daughter to live with me. Is there anything I can do to get my daughter back with me?

Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Jun 24, 2019

You only mention that you relinquished your rights. Is it possible that your daughter was not formally "adopted"? If not, then you may have parental rights as they may not have even filed any documentation with the court. If they have formally adopted her then that will be a harder road to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Texas on

Q: How to stop a childsuport increase

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Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Jun 24, 2019

Gathering all of your evidence about your current income and how it has changed from the intial determination is where you should start. If it has changed substantially then you probably won't be able to stop any increases. In case you have had another child since the initial order be sure to... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Divorce for Texas on

Q: Is refusing to comply with some divorce decree provisions cause to appeal the decree? Is J of P court an alternative?

Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Jun 24, 2019

You need to file for an enforcement action but only after you have a clear understanding of those provisions set out in the order. Let us know if we can help. 888-343-4529.

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Family Law and Child Support for Texas on

Q: I’m being sued for back child support. I reconciled with my ex and we were common law spouses. We lived together.

So we had the same address and I always carried my daughter on my insurance. She never asked for support until I stopped paying a loan for her. I gave her support every month through my bank. I live in Texas.

Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Jun 23, 2019

You should defend yourself considering these facts. Possible offsets for child support.

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