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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption, Child Custody and Child Support for Texas on
Q: I need help filling out paperwork and how to navigate a sapcr in Texas.

The non custodial parent lives in New York and just visited the kids this year after being away since January 2020. The other parent refuses to co-parent with me and chooses to speak with my toxic family members. Just recently on March 10, he lied to a family member and it resulted in a false CPS... Read more »

Sharita Blacknall
Sharita Blacknall answered on Mar 12, 2021

You should hire an experienced family law attorney.

The issues you outline will require some knowledge and experience with the law and procedure in order to be done correctly.

1 Answer | Asked in Elder Law, Family Law, Adoption and Animal / Dog Law for Texas on
Q: I’m 18 I got a puppy online and been taking care of it at my grama place I’m going my to my parents but I think there

Planing on giving it away what are my rights?

Teri A. Walter
Teri A. Walter answered on Feb 11, 2021

Sorry, no matter how old you are, your parents get to make the rules about what they will allow in their house. If they don't want the puppy, I suggest you arrange another place to stay. No, they shouldn't give away your property, but if you're living at their house, you're... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Texas on
Q: I am wanting my step-dad to adopt me and wondering if it effects back child support?

I am currently 25 years and my real father hasn't paid any child support.

Rick  Davis
Rick Davis answered on Feb 3, 2021

If you want to be adopted by your stepfather, your natural father will have to have his parental rights terminated either by a Voluntary Affidavit of Relinquishment or involuntarily through a Petition to Terminate parental rights. Your natural father's child support arrearages will still be... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Texas on
Q: My daughter was adopted by her grandparents one has died the other has demtia. She is now 17 and wants to live with me?

I live in Texas she lives in okla.

Kathy Elizabeth Roux
Kathy Elizabeth Roux answered on Dec 19, 2020

You should contact an attorney in Oklahoma for legal advice regarding how to proceed since your daughter lives in Oklahoma.

2 Answers | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Texas on
Q: how can my husband adopt my 11and 12 year old?

there father hasnt been around since they were 2yrs old hasnt paid child support or given anything financial. was given the oppertunity to write the state that he was the father and agreed that the sate help mee and its been 10yrs

Rick  Davis
Rick Davis answered on Nov 3, 2020

In order for your husband to adopt, you would have to petition to terminate your children's father's parental rights. From what you described, you probably have the statutory bases to do so.

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3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Adoption and Domestic Violence for Texas on
Q: So, my question is complicated. I'm the "long lost" son of a murder victim. What info do I have access to, legally?

1979 my mom was was murdered. I was hidden away. Now i'm trying to find mugshots, news articles, transcripts...I am having trouble. What do I do?

Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace answered on Oct 19, 2020

If you know the name of the defendant you can find information related to the criminal case in the felony division of the District Clerk's office in the county that prosecuted the killer. Any transcripts are probably long gone unless the case was appealed and attorney who handled the appeal... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Adoption, Family Law and Child Custody for Texas on
Q: Is there a way to get temporary guardianship without going to court?
Rick  Davis
Rick Davis answered on Aug 16, 2020

No. You cannot get a legal guardianship with filing the appropriate pleadings in Court.

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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Texas on
Q: Can I adopt my nephew (my son, he’s currently 12 and my husband and I have had him since 4 months old)

Before my son was in kindergarten we paid a low cost attorney over 300$ for the paper work to adopt. We did not have the money for filing, home study etc. We’ve been able to do everything we’ve needed (medical, school enrollment etc with a notarized paper from my sister, his biological mother.... Read more »

Rick  Davis
Rick Davis answered on Aug 3, 2020

A Home Study is required by statute.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law, Adoption and Child Custody for Texas on
Q: My wife and I are getting a divorce she's not allowed me to see my son without any paperwork she is gone into hiding in

My wife and I are filing for divorce we have a three-year-old son who is not biologically yours he was given to us by my sister we have no legal adoption papers written out but he has been with us since birth we took him home the day after he was born he calls me father he calls her mother I want... Read more »

Ruby K Bolton
Ruby K Bolton answered on Jul 12, 2020

You have a number of complex issues that will require the assistance of an experienced family law attorney. Your divorce is most likely going to be a separate case from custody of your sister's biological child. Based on the facts you have listed, you or your wife, or the both of you together,... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Adoption and Criminal Law for Texas on
Q: Hi, is it punishable for a woman who gave her child in adoption (30 years earlier) to search for her child?

It was a closed adoption. She just found out she has Alzheimer and want to inform the child. After the very helpful response from two Lawyers that it's not "criminal" is there a Civil side to this she should be aware of?

Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace answered on Jun 5, 2020

I know of no such crime. Also, there is a time period specified by the statute of limitations after which prosecution is not allowed. In Texas, the limitations periods for various offenses are listed in chapter 12 of the Code of Criminal Procedure so you can skim through that and see if anything... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Adoption, Banking and Elder Law for Texas on
Q: If a judge comes to a judgment but my attorney did not notify me about court and went in to court and the judge ruled wi

The judge did not even here or see my evidence of fraud or abduction or holding a love one hostage or the stolen car insurance money .and I lost property , my love one , my money stolen from account .what should I do or how can I get justice !! Who do I contact? Or tell ? Do I fire my lawyer and... Read more »

Terry Lynn Garrett
Terry Lynn Garrett answered on May 11, 2020

The State Bar of Texas has a client dispute resolution process. You may want to avail yourself of it.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption, Civil Rights and Gov & Administrative Law for Texas on
Q: where is the policy for bringing up another lawsuit after one is dismissed

i was thinking it takes a year for family or civil

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Mar 28, 2020

A Texas attorney is best qualified to answer this question, but you await an answer for three weeks. As a GENERAL premise, if a matter is dismissed on the merits (for something substantive - not something technical such as "this is the wrong court, you must bring your action in a different... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Texas on
Q: How can I stop an adoption process from an ex?

I was in a relationship for x years and I received conservativorship over my niece and during the process I was in a relationship which we are no longer together. I've been taken to court to modify an order that they weren't a part of and they requested standing, judge didn't rule... Read more »

Sharita Blacknall
Sharita Blacknall answered on Jan 19, 2020

You have a very complicated situation that cannot be answered in this forum.

You should hire an attorney to assist you with this.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Texas on
Q: If paternity was never established, no signature on BC, can my soon to be husband adopt my daughter?

Daughter was born in Texas, father has never acknowledged her or provided any support. Was not there during or after pregnancy. She is 5 months now. No signature on bc. He is in the UK. My fiancé wants to adopt her. Is it possible? We are living in Louisiana. I’m asking is there anything that... Read more »

Rahlita D. Thornton
Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Jan 17, 2020

If you’re living in LA you should consult an attorney there.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Animal / Dog Law and Family Law for Texas on
Q: Can my parents give away my dog or sell him even though I legally adopted him?

I’m 15 my parents want to give or sell him just because he poops when I’m in the shower.Just say he is 8 years old and he’s a senior.Also what do I do if they do how could I get him back?pls I need to know

Tammy Lyn Wincott
Tammy Lyn Wincott answered on Jan 7, 2020

Your parents are the legal guardians of you so technically they have control over decisions with you including whether or not you have pets.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Texas on
Q: In TX if DFPS requests PMC & is granted so with parental termination. As foster parents can we ever petition to adopt?

The children have been in our care for 5 months.

Rahlita D. Thornton
Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Jan 3, 2020

You can petition to adopt if both parents rights have been terminated. Good luck in the adoption process. 888-343-4529.

2 Answers | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Texas on
Q: Hello, What would o need to enroll my sister in school with out my mother? Or how do I take temporary guardianship?

My sister is 10 and I'm 20. She lives in Mexico with my mom, but is a US born citizen. I would like to bring her to live with me( El Paso Tx) and go to school. What do I need to show I'll be her temporary guardian? Either for school, medical or just any other reason..

Tammy Lyn Wincott
Tammy Lyn Wincott answered on Dec 16, 2019

You will need certain paperwork giving you authority to enroll her in school and giving you authority for medical treatment. You should speak with a family law attorney in your area for more detailed information.

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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Support, Divorce and Family Law for Texas on
Q: I am currently paying child support arrears. My daughters were adopted when they turned 18, should I still be paying?

My daughters mother and step-father have been married for years and waited until the girls turned 18 so I wouldnt know about the adoption process. I only found out about a year ago. I no longer have a withholding order for child support but I DO have a withholding order for arrears.

Rahlita D. Thornton
Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Dec 14, 2019

Any prior arrears incurred prior to the adoption are still your responsibility. Good luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Texas on
Q: if my mom & step dad share custody of 3 children can my mom legally adopt all 3 without my step dad ?

my mom shares legal custody with my step dad (3 of her step sons kids) can she legally adopt all 3 without my step dad ?

Rahlita D. Thornton
Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Dec 13, 2019

If a party to an adoption is married and requesting to adopt then both the husband and wife has to join in the petition to do so. Good Luck. Let us know if we can help. 888-343-4529.

2 Answers | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Texas on
Q: Legal process when a Respondent doesn't properly cite the Petitioner.

(In Texas) In a Termination of Parental Rights Family Law case, the petitioner had the Petition served to a respondent. The respondent sent a Original Answer to the Court. BUT did not fill out a Certificate of Service and did not send the petitioner a copy of the Original Answer.

IS the... Read more »

Jon R. Boyd
Jon R. Boyd answered on Dec 6, 2019

When you file the Answer, it is your duty and responsibility to send a copy to Petitioner. If you don't, your Answer is still on file, but you could be sanctioned by the Court for failing to copy Petitioner on your filing.

The Petitioner, not having received an Answer from you, and...
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