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Q: Child custody

If someone leaves their 2 children with their cousin for 2 weeks can the cousin legally adopt the children.

Rahlita D. Thornton
Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Oct 20, 2019

Probably not 2 weeks is not enough to warrant any adoption typically in Texas.

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Q: I am getting remarried and I am the non-custodial parent. Am I required by law to notify the other parent?

We do not share information on who we date with one another. I am ready to remarry. Since remarriage doesn't usually affect child support payments, am I required to submit some form of notification to the other parent or can I keep my life private. This is under the assumption that the new spouse... Read more »

Jon R. Boyd
Jon R. Boyd answered on Oct 18, 2019

No. Not unless your Decree has some unusual provision ordering you to do so, which I highly doubt and would be invalid.

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Q: I had a geo restriction put on her but she moved 200 miles away and said nothing but keeps her old address what do I do

October of 2018 was when I took her to court and not a year later she’s been doing this for 6 months now what do I need to do to prove she is lying and it’s making it had because she misses a lot of or meetings. My daughter is almost 2 now and I can’t see her alone nor nor for 2 hours

Rahlita D. Thornton
Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Oct 18, 2019

Make sure that you understand the terms of your order. Once you do then send her requests in writing and then make sure that you are actually showing up at the specific time and place set out in the order. Get proof that you were there. If possible have a good witness with you. If she does not... Read more »

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Q: i am married my wife is being a * and im needing a DNA testing for my youngest kid. and i also was needing divorce help

my wife is dating her boss and is always away from home and i was needing to know how i can get custody of both kids until im able to we get dna testing done for both of my boys

Jon R. Boyd
Jon R. Boyd answered on Oct 17, 2019

Right up my alley. Give me a call and let's go after her. -Jon R. Boyd. 817-338-4500.

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Q: Can i cancel a petition for custody in tx
Rahlita D. Thornton
Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Oct 12, 2019

You can dismiss just your requests but not the opposing parties requests in file. Before you do that consult with your lawyer if you have one. Good luck 888-343-4529.

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Q: How much time and money does it take to modify a child custody order when both parties agree?

My husband's job is transferring us pretty far away and my kid's father and I are in agreement on the details and modifying the current custody agreement.

Tammy Lyn Wincott
Tammy Lyn Wincott answered on Oct 9, 2019

Depends on the County involved. If it's all agreed then it should be straight forward proceeding at a reasonable cost.

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Q: What should I do if 10 year old son is having psychological distress over ordered visitation with his grandparents?

My 10 year old came to me crying stating he feels he is in a tug of war between myself (mother) and his grandmother. She undermines my parenting as much as she can when my son goes over to her house. Example- his teacher said he wasn’t doing well in class because he “just doesn’t care” so I... Read more »

Jon R. Boyd
Jon R. Boyd answered on Oct 8, 2019

Hire a lawyer to file a Petition to Modify the last order giving GM visitation. And, if your court order permits, take your child to see a mental health professional (one who doesn’t mind testifying in court!) and get the counselor to back you up.

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Q: My 16 yr old wants to move in with me. Her mom won’t allow it. Can she move?

I’m the non custodial parent. Do we have to go through court even if mom doesn’t agree?

Rahlita D. Thornton
Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Oct 7, 2019

Yes you do. If not, then you will owe child support for the time that she lives with you. The mother could file a writ to make her return. In this situation it is just best to talk and get an agreement among yourselves and take it to an attorney for a quick resolution. The attorney could file... Read more »

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Q: What what do I need to expect to go have a paternity test does the judge took my son who was just born from his mother'
Rahlita D. Thornton
Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Oct 3, 2019

You need to get an attorney and establish paternity if your name is not already on birth certificate. If on birth certification ask attorney to do a SAPCR. Good luck. 888-343-4529.

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Q: What do I have to file to get the emergency custody order vacated?

Judge ruled at the last hearing he has no jurisdiction to continue with the emergency custody case he had previously granted to the father. Judge did not enter his oral ruling with the court clerk. I have initial custody from my home State Virginia. I need the emergency custody order vacated so... Read more »

Rahlita D. Thornton
Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Sep 29, 2019

Try right away calling the court clerk and ask if the judge plans on entering an order reflecting such. If that does not work then contact an attorney in that county where case is pending to assist.

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Q: my wife/partner has my biological daughter an won't give her back. We had called police made report for her attacking

why won't they give me my daughter or what can I do to get her back now

Rahlita D. Thornton
Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Sep 29, 2019

If that is your wife’s child then she has the same rights to possession of your child if there are no set out orders. If you feel the need to get orders put into place then consult an attorney. Good luck. 888-343-4529.

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Q: How can I revise my child support if custodial parent won't show up to court.

When I started paying child support 4 years ago I had I job where I was making decent money. I lost that job shortly after but my child support amount 4 years later is still the same amount from when I was working that job. Ive made several attempts to get it changed because I don't make no where... Read more »

Rahlita D. Thornton
Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Sep 29, 2019

If she has been served then you can proceed. However, you need an attorney to forward your rights in order to press for a final hearing in the issue. The OAG does not represent you.

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Q: What constitutes removal of grandparents rights as joint managing conservator with a fit mother?

I am needing to know if I have a case or not. I have gotten different answers from different attorneys. My son’s grandparents sued me for visitation when their son died. My son was 3 and is now 10. They alienate my parenting with undermining and play “good cop, bad cop” so my rules don’t... Read more »

Jon R. Boyd
Jon R. Boyd answered on Sep 26, 2019

Maybe.

You're asking two questions, first about grandparent visitation and second about lifting the Geo Restriction.

You probably have a good shot at the first.

I would need a whole lot more information to give you an opinion about the second. Where are you now? where do...
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Q: I signed a paper from my ex that was notorized stating no child support would ever be sought after.

No paternity was established and it was signed after they where born does that mean she can try to take me to court and make me do a dna test when I do not think they are mine. While she was sleeping with her ex she got pregnant And can she get child support from me. If they are mine even though... Read more »

Rahlita D. Thornton
Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Sep 24, 2019

The signing of the informal document you reference does not override any court action. However, it can be used as evidence especially if you are being asked to pay retroactive child support. Do not ignore any requests for the court simply because you believe that the document that you signed... Read more »

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Q: How do I get a temporary handwritten order from a custody hearing finalized into the correct typed legal document?

We had court on August 23rd. my (now former) legal representation has been absent since the court date and hasn’t filed the paperwork. There were orders to move child support up from the 6% the NCP currently pays to guideline limits. The opposing council was ordered on this date to supply income... Read more »

Rahlita D. Thornton
Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Sep 21, 2019

You will need to hire another lawyer to finish your case.

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Q: What exactly do I need to do to get approved for primary custody?

The father of my children is trying to move to Oklahoma because it is a “father Favoritism state than Texas.” What exactly would you need to get primary custody of your child? I’m not trying to have my children that far apart. I really want the children to be close to their mother and father... Read more »

Rahlita D. Thornton
Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Sep 18, 2019

You need to file and get an order in place and work on not allowing the kids to live there. If his name is on birth certificate and there are no orders, then he has rights to take them unless you get an order. 888-343-4529.

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Q: If a father who has parental rights along with the childs mother were to sign his rights to his mom what happens.

Would she get custody of the child as well as the mother or what?

Rahlita D. Thornton
Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Sep 17, 2019

It would not be automatic. It would depend on the best interests of the child and the court’s interpretation of that standard. Good luck.

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Q: A Mom wants me to adopt baby. Private or agency?
Jon R. Boyd
Jon R. Boyd answered on Sep 16, 2019

Private adoption is still allowed but is very strictly regulated to prevent intermediary placement by any person who is not the parent of the child or who is a licensed child adoption agency. So if the Mother approaches you directly and asks you to adopt her child, without a third party acting as... Read more »

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Q: I informed my child’s mother that I was going to take her to court for 7 and 7 joint custody and she blocked my number

She also blocked me on all social media. I can’t contact her, or my child. She had also moved to a new house within a week of me telling her this, and I don’t know what the address is. How can I find it for her to be served with the papers?

Johnathan Tracy Ball Esq.
Johnathan Tracy Ball Esq. answered on Sep 15, 2019

There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question. The first question I have is how old is you child? If he/she is old enough to go to school, you can likely have her served at school during pickup and drop off. If child is not in school, you may want to consider employing a private... Read more »

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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
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.

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