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2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning, Family Law and Probate for Texas on

Q: Who is entitled to life insurance policy if children are only beneficiaries but dad was in community property state?

My dad took out a life insurance policy about 10 years before he married his second wife. He passed away recently. Me and my 2 siblings are the only beneficiaries named on the insurance policy, but the will did state we are supposed to each receive cash gift of $100k and the rest of everything he... Read more »

Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Sep 14, 2019

If the beneficiary designation was done before the marriage the designation may be called into question. You only set out as to when the policy was issued not when the designation was last changed. Good luck. 888-343-4529.

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Texas on

Q: I’m from TX I’m 21 years old & my mom Says she has custody of me is that possible ? I don’t remember signing anything

Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Sep 13, 2019

This sounds absurd. However, if you are incapacitated mentally or physically there be other actions that she could have taken. Good luck.

3 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Texas on

Q: I'm trying to get full custody of my kids. father has been m.i.a for two weeks. how can i get a court date.

i've tried a few years ago for full custody. ended settling for joint. their father hasn't followed threw with any of his responsabilies since our last court date.

Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Sep 14, 2019

The first thing that I would want to know what your practical goals and reasons for wanting to modify the prior order. Sometimes it’s not worth paying attorney fees if you can continue living your life as you’ve done for the past couple of years. Good luck.

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4 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for Texas on

Q: My parents were in a car accident about four months ago with an 18 wheeler can my parents sue? 18 Wheeler’s fault

Their police report came back saying that that it was the 18 wheeler’s fault my parents vehicle is now totaled I’m now putting them in a financial burden

Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Sep 12, 2019

The law has certain time limitations involving accident cases. You should pursue an action against the driver and the company the driver works for. Feel free to contact us to assist you as soon as possible to get the case resolved as soon as possible. We can handle cases all over the state.... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Texas on

Q: My ex husband pays me child support. 97.00 a week to be exact (which is nothing). He keeps telling our daughter to tell

Me to send my daughter with the child support money when she goes with him on the weekend. Is this legal ??? Am I missing something ?

Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Sep 12, 2019

This is ridiculous. Your child should not be getting harassed by her father about child support. He has no right to get the child support back. Ask him in writing to stop doing this. Good luck.

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3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Texas on

Q: My child's mother made a false report on me landing me a misdemeanor class A, she admitted to me she lied, What to do?

I have a warrant for the charge but have proof text messages that she lied? What can I do about this? She admitted that she did it to have my rights terminated.

Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Sep 11, 2019

If your misdemeanor case has not been resolved give the info to your attorney. If it’s over and you plead guilty you’re probably out of luck. Consult with a criminal appeal lawyer for possible remedies.

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

Q: How can I ensure a non custodial parent does not get visitation rights. They have a past with family violence.

Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Sep 11, 2019

You will need to petition the court with your request. Have your evidence spelled out then contact an attorney in your area.

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

Q: How do I get my visitation when managing conservator refuses to answer calls, texts, and doesn't turn over child?

I have a current c/s, visitation order in Texas; I'm currently 1 month behind on c/s payments due to attending a fast course class (school). My son's mother is preventing me from seeing my son due to this. I have taken my court order to her house to pick him up and even asked police to meet me... Read more »

Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Sep 10, 2019

Best recourse is to contact attorney since you have to meet very specific criteria to hold her accountable.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Texas on

Q: Could I have information about a divorce/ with no children, and I have been disabled for11year weve been married for9

I want to divorce him, we have not lived together since March and before that he left me for almost a year and got someone else Pregnant and slept with multiple women, he’s on probation because of the violence behavior that he displayed in front of my parents house he’s verbally abusive not... Read more »

Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Sep 10, 2019

Contact the State Bar of Texas for a referral to other agencies that may be able to assist you since you are on a limited income. Good luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Texas on

Q: How long is the uncontested divorce process? Why my divorce papers still pending and review

Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Sep 10, 2019

The answer to that question depends on a lot that you question does not provide. But, in general you can have an uncontested agreed upon divorce granted in 60 days from the filing.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Texas on

Q: How can i go about signing my rights over

Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Sep 10, 2019

You need to consult with an attorney in your area so that you can understand the full ramifications of your desire. This is a serious endeavor and it is best done with an experienced attorney. Then you can proceed with your goals in mind.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Texas on

Q: Guardianship questions my granddaughter

Adopted parents gave her back to me without any paperwork social security card or Birth Certificate.

Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Sep 7, 2019

What do you want to do now?

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law for Texas on

Q: I need help with a case involving family law. My children were taken by CPS in 2014. I want to fight to get them back.

My life has changed. My controlling abusive husband passed in May. Details left out of the case due to fear.

Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Sep 6, 2019

Consult a family law attorney in the county where the kids reside to pursue your requests. Good luck.

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3 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Immigration Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Texas on

Q: I got a filipina pregnant in the Phillipines. Not married to her. Does she have any right to child support from me?

Can she get legal help to take my money since she is not a US citizen?

Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Sep 4, 2019

Child support action can be brought against you where you live by her. Answer is yes.

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Texas on

Q: My mother in law passed away in Oct 2018 and she had manaming conservatorship of our 2 kids,our rights were not striped

And we had a final order signed by a judge..after she passed my sister in law took them into her home because she said that CPS said that she had custoday if them,that's what she told us so we listened as to not making anything worse,,just recently we found out that we actually have legal custody... Read more »

Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Aug 31, 2019

You should consult with an attorney to review the last signed order to evaluate your situation. If the facts are as you say they are, then you do have superior rights.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Texas on

Q: I wanted to know what do I do to serve a divorce to my wife if I live in Las Vegas and she lives in Dallas Texas

There are also two minor children involved

Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Aug 31, 2019

Consult with an attorney in the county in which your wife lives or an attorney where you live. Where you file will depend upon other factors regarding your residence requirements. Good luck.

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

Q: I didnt know I was on child support until they took money out of my check. How can I find out what's going on.

Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Aug 28, 2019

You probably were served by alternative methods. You should hire an attorney to investigate it. There are time deadlines for which you may need to meet expeditiously. Good luck.

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Texas on

Q: I am in Texas. Is there a legal document that be obtained to prevent family intervention? Jim

Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Aug 27, 2019

There are remedies which are afforded depending on circumstances. But, the best interest of the child is the standard used in any determinations as it relates to the child. Consult an attorney if there are emergency situations involved. Good luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Texas on

Q: Would it be a complication with my husband adopting my youngest child?

My son is from a previous marriage, his biological dad and I got divorced in Illinois when he was only 1year and 8 months, His biological father at the time of the divorce I only had one addressed where I sent out the divorce paperwork and that was in California, he signed the divorce and also a... Read more »

Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Aug 26, 2019

Your 1st step should be to hire a private investigator to locate him. He may be agreeable and if so you would not have a hard time.

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

Q: What are the chances of removing grandparents rights in Texas if they continue to violate the mother’s rules?

The grandparents sued me for visitation 7 years ago when my son’s dad died because his father lived in their home longer than 6 months with our son. They continue to violate me as a mother- bought him a BB gun without permission, let him spend the night with people I don’t even know without... Read more »

Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Aug 26, 2019

If you have safety concerns for your son that are valid seeking changes to the court order 7 years ago should be definitely doable. You have to show a material and substantial change from then and it appears that you have several changes. Your rights as a parent are superior to the grandparents... Read more »

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