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2 Answers | Asked in Divorce for Texas on

Q: I have been married for 4 years and I am seeking a divorce. Will it be held against me if I move out of the home?

I don’t feel safe going home due to mental and emotional abuse. The home we live in was purchased by his mother prior to our marriage and the home is in my husband and his step fAthers name. We have no children and no other assets.

Rahlita D. Thornton answered on May 25, 2019

If you do not feel safe then you should trust your instincts especially if you have somewhere safe to stay. You can explain your non return if necessary. 888-343-4529.

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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Texas on

Q: If u didn't report being hit by a car or go to hospital the day of, and then woke up in pain, do u still have a case?

I Was on a bicycle. Ownerof vehicle gave me his insurance and there was a witness

Rahlita D. Thornton answered on May 25, 2019

If you’re injured as a result of the accident you are still able to pursue your case. Obtaining a witness statement early on by your attorney will be important to your case. Good luck to you.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Texas on

Q: Do you need an attorney to file for adult guardianship in Texas

Rahlita D. Thornton answered on May 24, 2019

It would be best as the laws regarding guardianship can frustrating to those unfamiliar with them. Good luck.

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

Q: How do I get guarding ship from my ex husband while my daughter in prison

Rahlita D. Thornton answered on May 24, 2019

It really depends on what your objectives are. A review of your order and more details are needed to assess this situation.

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for Texas on

Q: Do I have to accept what the insurance company is offering to replace my truck?

I was involved in a MVC on 5/9/19. It involved 5 vehicles with my vehicle being in the middle. The vehicle that caused the accident was a moving truck with a trailer. It took over a week before their insurance company would authorize me to get a rental. Because when the person that caused the... Read more »

Rahlita D. Thornton answered on May 22, 2019

They should pay for your towing bill as well. But, you could have determined the FMV of your vehicle and counteroffered the company and possibly been able to get some money in your pocket for a down payment. Good luck to you and we hope that you were not injured in the accident.

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Texas on

Q: Can a mother lose custody against father just cause she lives with family? And he has his own house

He is abusive although I didn't file a police report on him. But I do have proof

Rahlita D. Thornton answered on May 19, 2019

There are many factors that go into determining what is in the best interests of the child. So, do an honest evaluation of all factors that you have spoken of and proceed with that in mind. The courts will not just look at the fact that he has his own house.

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

Q: Can my stepsons mother take him to rehab with her if she has a pending child endangerment charge?

My stepsons mother is currently on probation for felony number eight. In March she caught felonies nine, ten, and eleven. One of these felonies is Child Endangerment. CPS is involved but there is also a custody order from almost 3 years ago stating that she is the custodial parent. She is now... Read more »

Rahlita D. Thornton answered on May 18, 2019

Read your last signed order concerning rights and visitation. Your order may be sufficient to cover your situation. CPS’s job does not cover asserting parental rights.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Texas on

Q: Please advise on how past due bills should be handled in divorce case

Have discovered soon to be ex has let a Dr. bill go intentionally unpaid for almost 1 year

Rahlita D. Thornton answered on May 18, 2019

Let your attorney know that you want it paid for by your spouse.

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

Q: I haven't seen my son in a year because his dad has kept him from me. I am in desperate need of help.

2018 cps was called but the case got closed. I was scheduled 2 visitions and he didnt show up to either one and the cps lady said there was nothing she could do. Everything has been in his hands and he threatened my son all the time. He lied since day one of court and he still won. Got me drug... Read more »

Rahlita D. Thornton answered on May 18, 2019

Your post just tugged at my heartstrings. Parents who do this hurt their own kids. I couldn’t imagine not being able to see a child of mine for over 1 month let alone 1 year. CPS can not assert your rights. You have to do that. You can file motions and actions to get this resolved. If court... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Texas on

Q: Follow up: ex threatening to take my property and house after signing filed divorce papers that state my property was

Property was Mine before the marriage and mine alone. He signed the papers acknowledging that. Divorce not final but at the court. Need l worry, husband has been out of house almost 6 months.

Rahlita D. Thornton answered on May 18, 2019

You need to consult with an attorney to review your pleadings with the court and to discuss your divorce case with them. Without all of the necessary facts, documents, reasons for his position any legal advice would be incomplete. In general he may be referring to his right to reimbursement of... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Texas on

Q: Papers signed and filed stating my house and land are mine alone. Ex still threatening.

He has property that has been on my property for almost 6 months since separation. How do l make him come and get it?

Rahlita D. Thornton answered on May 17, 2019

Not sure what he is threating to do. But, if you feel in fear of your safety call the police. If the divorce decree gave him a specific date to retrieve the items and that date has passed then you do not have any duty to keep the personal property. However, if the value is substantial it may be... Read more »

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

Q: My ex wants to back out on our mutual agreed change to standard visitation for this weekend. Can she on short notice?tx

Rahlita D. Thornton answered on May 17, 2019

Unfortunately there is nothing that you can do. Hopefully, this is just a one time thing and you two can work together to be respectful of each other's time for the sake of your child. Good luck to you.

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Q: What can I do if my spouse refuses to help with the household finances?

We both work but I am paying all the bills including buying groceries. She refuses to contribute to the household because she knows our marriage is near the end. It appears she is saving for the soon to be split.

Rahlita D. Thornton answered on May 16, 2019

You can request that the bills be split and paid accordingly but only after you file for divorce. Those would be temporary orders. Good luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Texas on

Q: How do I get my Son back, if his Father took him and won’t let me see him...? Thank you, Lori

Rahlita D. Thornton answered on May 14, 2019

This is most heartbreaking to read about a parent being deprived of their child. You should consult an attorney in your area to get a game plan together. If you have a good address to get him served would be most helpful in starting. If we can assist let us know. 888-343-4529.

2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody for Texas on

Q: My boyfriend decree states 1st, 3rd, & 5th weekend custody. He works out of town, Am I allowed to keep them on his time

Rahlita D. Thornton answered on May 14, 2019

I’m reading your situation as you are Not the custodial parent in the decree. You are the girlfriend of the father of the children. In this scenario he may designate a responsible person to watch his kids during his time of possession. But, if he is not able to spend quality time with them then... Read more »

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

Q: What can I do if the father committed an assault on me and then committed another assault but wants custody of the child

In 2009 the father was charged with burglary of habitation with the intent to commit assault on me. He went to prison and 2016 he filed papers to have me arrested and contempt of court and filed numerous motions to let him see the child, the child was 1 when this happened and had an protective... Read more »

Rahlita D. Thornton answered on May 10, 2019

Protect your child. Hire an attorney ASAP. If you can not afford it look for indigent representation in your area.

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

Q: What can I do now?

Back on March 12, 2018 I had a court hear for temporary orders with my sister. The orders were for 3 months and granted me visitation. My sister has an attorney who drew up the orders and e-mailed them to me. I didn't get them until July 2018 which exceeded the 3 month order. I received them and... Read more »

Rahlita D. Thornton answered on May 9, 2019

You can find out if the orders were signed by the judge 1st. Then proceed to hire an attorney. You would be more at ease when you do. Good luck. If we service the county where your case is pending feel free to reach out to us. 888-343-4529

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2 Answers | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for Texas on

Q: Can I file for a divorce while still living with my husband?

My husband and I live together and I'm afraid of filing for a divorce without the protection order in place. I filed a protection order over a month ago. What are my options?

Rahlita D. Thornton answered on May 9, 2019

You can hire your own attorney to assist you in obtaining the protective order. You can file for divorce while still living together.

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

Q: If the NP is no longer obligated to pay support, do we still need to follow the custody/visitation schedule?

Rahlita D. Thornton answered on May 5, 2019

If the child has reached 18 then visitation and access is no longer applicable. Otherwise, if the most recent order in effect sets out visitation then follow it. Good luck. 888-343-4529.

2 Answers | Asked in Divorce for Texas on

Q: I want to file an uncontested divorce. What if my spouse contests it?

Rahlita D. Thornton answered on May 4, 2019

If you suspect that your spouse will contest your divorce then most likely “uncontested” is not what you should call it. The courts will not make someone stay married if they want to divorce.

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