Mount Vernon, TX asked in Family Law and Domestic Violence for Texas

Q: How do I get my 21 yo daughter out of her dad's house w/her stuff safely?

He is very controlling and possibly violent as he was abusive to me when married. She says he has become unstable and she is afraid now. She wants out and needs help to move her things out. She knows that he would either break things, block her way or just become a "mess" so that she can't move out. What do we need to do to get her and her things out in one piece, safely? It's take it all now or it will "disappear".

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Robert Allen Thornton

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  • Domestic Violence Lawyer
  • Addison, TX
  • Licensed in Texas

A: If you and she are concerned about her safety, then she should get out of there and leave the stuff. Otherwise, you might be able to get a restraining order.

Jon R. Boyd

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  • Plano, TX
  • Licensed in Texas

A: I am so sorry to hear about your daughter! I hope she will be ok. I can see how that would be scary for you as her parents as well.

Under Texas family law, if her husband has been violent or has threatened her with family violence, she may file for a Protective Order which would order him to vacate the residence and remain away, etc. And/or, she can file for divorce and get a similar order.

I hope this helps. Let me know if you have any further questions.

Thanks!

-Jon R Boyd

Kiele Linroth Pace

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  • Domestic Violence Lawyer
  • Austin, TX
  • Licensed in Texas

A: If he physically hurt her or threatened to physically hurt her she could apply for a Family Violence Protective Order. If not, you might go to the precinct constable for the address and ask if you can hire them for a civil standby ... which basically means an officer is on scene to witness and that usually prevents any trouble. Of course if he actually blocker her she could call 9-1-1 and report him for Unlawful Restraint.

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