The custodial parent has moved to Texas from another state with our child. Neither custodial or non custodial parent live in the state that has jurisdiction over our case. I had moved from that state over 10 years ago.
Can we get the case jurisdiction transferred to Texas now that neither... View More
A judge can confer with the child at the age of 12 but the judge does not have to honor the child's wishes. The judge determines what the best interest of the child. Father could still get custody even if he only has two bedrooms. It is best to work custody cases out. If you go to...View More
A child can decide who they want to live with at the age of 18, when they are no longer considered a minor. In Texas, a Judge is required to speak with a child on who they would prefer to live with when that child reaches the age of 12. Between the ages of 10-12, the Judge can determine if...View More
My boyfriend's lawyer, while my boyfriend was in prison, said it would be best to sign as noncustodial parent. He is out now, and doing the right things to live a good life and wants to have rights to his daughter again. What steps need to be taken to make this happen? Who can we call? We... View More
In order to change the custody arrangement, your boyfriend will need to file a SAPCR ("suit affecting the parent-child relationship") seeking a modification of the current custody arrangement with the court in the county where the child lives in California. While the outcome of every...View More
She attempted suicide 12/23/23. Woke up and bit my abdomen, an agg assault I have not supplemented the report with. She destroyed our 2700sf home in front of my 16yo daughter and 19 yo son, as well as our then 1.5yo.. she smashed glass all over the tiled floors and my daughter’s bathtub. She... View More
It is unclear what your question is. With the exception of a legislative continuance (which would not apply in December 2023), continuances are usually within the sound discretion of the trial judge. In my experience, most trial judges are more likely to grant a trial continuance if the case has...View More
took a dna test and it came back that the child is his. I haven’t had support at all since separating and now he’s asking for another test but, at this point I don’t want to deal with him. The non custodial parent denies to do anything regarding support or seeing the child. There’s abuse in... View More
You should contact an attorney who regularly practices in your county family court. It sounds if you wish to file for divorce. This Attorney can help prepare divorce complaint and the motion for temporary orders including spousal support and child support. This will come at a substantial cost,...View More
Yes, you can petition the court to allow you to serve the Father via publication in a Termination of Parental Rights lawsuit. You will need to attach an affidavit to your petition stating the steps that you've taken to attempt to locate the Father.
On Dec 14, plaintiff sought an emergency protective order, denied. Dec 15, withdrew $1,500 from joint account, advised by non-lawyer family member. Attempts to evict from family home by grandmother; we are neighbors and they're landlords. Dec 18, files for divorce, citing ability to pay and... View More
Since you are in North Richland Hills, I recommend Trey Harris in Fort Worth or Carla Rankin in Rockwall. Both are highly regarded, competent and experienced lawyers who practice heavily in the area of family law.
Your question does not disclose what makes your divorce case complex. I...View More
We have been divorced for 7 years and share one child together that was conceived while we were married. She just had a baby last year and has been living with the same man for more than 5 years. I received a court order saying I need to take a paternity test for a child that is 4 months old when I... View More
If you are being asked to take a paternity test after you've already been divorce, that likely means that your ex-wife is asserting that you are the father of the child. It may be beneficial for you to take the paternity test to have documented proof that you are not the father of the child.
She also claimed there was an active protective order against me, and waived the 60 day period. This is also incorrect. She was denied such an order yet still chose to lie and say that there had been family violence in our marriage. She also lied about an affidavit of inability to pay, which I can... View More
My child's former psychologist testified as a retained expert witness for my ex in a modification case finalized 08/22. I discovered recently that the psychologist filed for her own divorce a week after receiving retainer from my ex to be expert witness.
I don't think that the psychologist's own divorce proceeding is relevant or creates a conflict of interest. I don't think the psychologist had a duty to disclose that information during litigation. Barring truly unusual circumstances, I think any mention or evidence concerning the...View More
Due to him not being there during the birth. He has never seen the child but is aware of him. He refused a paternity test and we have been living our lives without him, until a few months ago when we saw him at a birthday party and he now wants to have something to do with him. No paternity test... View More
You probably have statutory grounds to file a suit to terminate his parent-child relationship. However, even if you have statutory grounds, you must prove that terminating the relationship is in the best interest of your son. Determining what is in the best interest of a child is a fact intensive...View More
In dealing with Child Protective Services (CPS) in Texas, timely and accurate documentation is crucial, especially in matters as sensitive as child custody. If you have been given blank paperwork from CPS for over a year, this is not a standard procedure and may indicate an oversight or delay that...View More
The non-custodial parent is not in the picture we live in two different states and he only wants to be a family if I wanted to be with him. I have proof of no help, or wanting nothing to do with our child but, he’s been abusive to me and holding the marriage over my head. I don’t know where he... View More
In Texas, if you are unable to locate your spouse, you can file for a divorce by publication. This involves legally notifying your spouse of the divorce proceedings through a notice published in a newspaper in the area where they were last known to reside. This method is used when all other...View More
My sister has falsely accused me of assaulting her when we were younger in August of 2023. Juvenile had me come in for fingerprints September of 2023 and an assessment January 3rd 2024 , and January 5th 2024 I was called and given a court date for the case on January 19th 2023. I have evidence this... View More
In Texas, grandparents can potentially sue for visitation rights, but Texas law sets high standards for granting these rights. The grandparents must demonstrate that their visitation is in the best interest of the child and that denying visitation would significantly impair the child's...View More
My niece used to live in San Antonio but after her boyfriend was murdered, she moved to Georgia. She shared a child with him. His mother is now filling for rights to their child in Bexar county on 22 Dec. 2023 for 02 Jan. 2024. She received notice via email. She doesn't have funds to travel or... View More
In this situation, it's important to respond to the summons, even if your niece cannot physically appear in court in Bexar County, Texas. Ignoring the summons or failing to respond can result in a default judgment against her, potentially impacting her custody rights.
The Family Code provision for waiving the 60-day waiting period does not specify a time frame for the domestic violence conviction. It only requires that the offense was committed against you or a member of your household. While the court has the authority to grant such a waiver, it is...View More
Is there something I can file, or remove his parental right? He has another child and currently supporting that one without a court order and we are married (I’ve got nothing but 20 dollars from them) I’m a survivor of DV and I’m about to reach 6 months of residency what should I do? I’ve... View More
Assuming you have a court order for support of your child from the state you left, you can contact the local Office of the Attorney General and provide them with a copy of that court order and ask for their assistance in registering and enforcing your existing support order here in the State of...View More
The biological father is not on the birth certificate and has not proven paternity. There is a pending cps case against him. Me and my son were at the park he lives two hours away. He walked up grabbed my son and ran and got into a get away vehicle. The local police did nothing since I had no... View More
The biological father's lack of paternity establishment and absence from the birth certificate may impact his legal rights. However, the specific legal actions you can take can vary depending on your state's laws and the circumstances of your case.
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