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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption, Child Custody and Child Support for Texas on
Q: What would happen to my stepdaughter (6yo) in the event of her mother's death in Texas?

I have been married to my stepdaughter's mother for 5 years. My stepdaughter has lived with her mom, myself, and her younger half-sister (my bio-daughter) that entire time. Her bio dad lives 1300 miles away and sees her 2 times a year, however, he does facetime 3-4 times a week. My... Read more »

Sharita Blacknall
Sharita Blacknall answered on Aug 20, 2021

There is a presumption that biological parents have a superior right to their children over anyone else. You would have to file for custody and show the court why it is in the best interest of the child that the court ignore that presumption in favor of you.

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Adoption, Antitrust and Appeals / Appellate Law for Texas on
Q: How do I file my evidence in appeallant federal court if my Attorney's not responding nor submitted ever
Charles William Michaels
Charles William Michaels answered on Aug 9, 2021

First, I am not a Texas attorney. That being said, generally there is no evidence presented at the appellate level. The case proceeds from a final judgment of the trial court and whatever evidence was presented there.

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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Adoption and Probate for Texas on
Q: I was adopted after my mother married my dad 1964. They had a natural to both daughter 10 yrs later. My father passed a

My mother and her mother is not dividing things up evenly she’s partial to her youngest. I was promised things by my dad but my sister has ended up getting 3/4 of things what can I do

Terry Lynn Garrett
Terry Lynn Garrett answered on Jun 22, 2021

The answer turns on what the Will said. Adopted and born children are both the couple's children under the laws of heirship, which would apply if there was no Will.

From your description, it is not clear that either estate was probated. You may be writing about small items of greater...
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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Texas on
Q: How do I change my child’s name if I do t know who the father is?

The man I thought was my child name is not the father. Paternity test confirmed that and he left . I am in a relation an that man has raised my child since he was approximately 5 months old. How do I change my sons name. If I do not know who the father is. I traced the time line and only came up... Read more »

Sharita Blacknall
Sharita Blacknall answered on Apr 28, 2021

The court will likely want to appoint what is known as a publication attorney for the unknown father. Some courts will require you to file a motion for that and pay that attorney's fee.

Courts are not allowed to give you legal advice. So, you will have to research how to do it or you...
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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.

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