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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Texas on
Q: Dad and I have geographic restriction, he's leaving out of state and told me yes to moving with kids

We both don't want to go to court to modify our divorce but both agreed to sign a notarized contract saying its lifted and he approves of the move with also knowing my exact where about with kids. Is this something we can do ourselves or do we need to get attorney involved to write up contract... View More

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Jun 12, 2024

A geographic restriction in a divorce decree is a COURT ORDER. The parties cannot modify a court order by agreement--even a written one. The agreement might be enough to prevent the most dire consequences of a subsequent motion for contempt or enforcement between the spouses, but there are... View More

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Q: I want to change the possession schedule for a child, because my daughter and the girlfriend are not getting along.

Divorced since 2017 ; I am a non-custodial parent. I have the standard possession schedule and I have been paying constantly the child support obligation,

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Jun 6, 2024

You should contact an attorney who practices family law in or near the county where your child lives to discuss the possibility of filing a motion to modify the possession schedule. That attorney will advise you, based on the particular facts and circumstances of your case and their knowledge of... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Health Care Law for Texas on
Q: Can I prevent my ex from moving my 14 year old son out of state? (Texas)

My ex revealed in a text she plans to move out of state with my son within the next year, to a state that will allow her to seek transgender treatment for him. I do not think he, at his age, should be treated for this. When he is 18, if he still wants it, OK, but he does not have the wisdom or life... View More

Melissa O'Neal
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answered on May 28, 2024

What she is able to do depends on what your Order says. You can always file for a modification of the current order if the current order does not allow such protection of your son. What the court would do would be largely dependent on the County and what belief's or biases the Judge you... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law, Child Custody and Civil Litigation for Texas on
Q: Can I switch Jurisdiction to my County now, same State, at the time but now she moved out of State? (been a year)

Filed for visitation in my County but it got transferred to her County. During the process she moved out of State for no reason at all. I want my County to have Jurisdiction now. She has residence in the other state now.

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on May 20, 2024

Jurisdiction and venue are established at the time a lawsuit is filed. The only way to make a change after a lawsuit has been filed is to dismiss the pending lawsuit and refile a new lawsuit in a court with jurisdiction and venue. In most "visitation" matters, the state and county with... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Child Support and Divorce for Texas on
Q: Can I file for divorce on my own, if I'm asking for NO court ordered child support for a 4 year old?

Spouse is in Harris County, however I now preside in Travis County. I'm not seeking child support and don't want a legal battle.

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on May 13, 2024

Legally, an individual is allowed to represent herself (or himself) in court in Texas. It doesn't matter whether you are asking for court ordered child support or not.

Legally an individual can rebuild the transmission of her own car.

You have to ask yourself if you have the...
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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support, Divorce and Family Law for Texas on
Q: if i got divorce in 2022 can I revoke my divorce my previews attorney say i couldn't get alimony was married 11 yrs

if i got divorce in 2022 can I revoke my divorce my previews attorney say i couldn't get alimony was married 11 yrs with 2 kids now im trying to enforcement.. but just asking can i revoke divorce he makes twice more in his income

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on May 7, 2024

No, you cannot revoke a divorce. If you were unaware of the previous divorce proceeding and did not receive notice as a result of some fraud or deception by your ex-husband, you could possibly file a bill of review.

Disparity in income standing alone is not a sufficient basis for an award...
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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for Texas on
Q: Living restrictions through custody agreement

Eight years ago, my ex-husband allowed me to move outside of the living restrictions. I am now getting ready to move again, but it’s in a different county also outside of the living restrictions. Can he come after me or are those living restrictions now voided since he allowed me to verbally move... View More

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on May 6, 2024

The geographical area restrictions in a custody agreement are typically incorporated into a custody order. Modifying the custody order requires another order of the court. A verbal agreement between the parents is usually not enforceable but, as long as he doesn't file anything with the... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Divorce, Family Law, Child Custody and Domestic Violence for Texas on
Q: Do I have to file from Texas?

I finally got an address for the dad that’s been absent for a year can I file in his state or is it better to file in Texas? If so what do I file to keep my child and I safe from domestic violence on my end.

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Apr 30, 2024

Under the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Act, the state which is the "home state" of the child has jurisdiction over any court proceeding to establish paternity or conservatorship and possession of the child. A child's "home state" is the state where the child has... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Texas on
Q: What do we need to do if we feel the custodial parent household is not safe for children.

We have been having difficulty with the custodial household. We have had instances where the child has been neglected in hygine, health, and possible excessive punishments for small things. We have had to get in touch with cps several times and nothing is being done.

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Apr 24, 2024

You need to hire an attorney with experience in family law to file a Motion to Modify in Suit Affecting the Parent-Child Relationship and ask for temporary orders. I strongly recommend that you stop communicating with CPS unless one of your children suffers a serious bodily injury or medical... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Texas on
Q: Do I get my kids for the last weekend in May after school ends?

My papers say that I get my kids the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Friday of every month. My summer possession are as follows I get two weeks in June and two weeks in July. The papers also state that I get them in the summer for my regularly weekend visits, but that is not what I was told when they where... View More

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Apr 24, 2024

First and most importantly, your summer possession schedule is determined by exactly what your possession order says.

Normally, under the standard possession schedule in Texas, you get your weekDAY (typically Thursday) period of possession only during the school year, but you get your...
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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support, Divorce and Family Law for Texas on
Q: my child’s father won’t sign our custody order after we have been to court and it’s been finalized.

hi my child father and I settled a custody agreement on December 1 of 2023. I I have signed my portion of the custody agreement, but he has not even though child support was supposed to go into effect on January 1, 2024. What will happen to him if he does not sign

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Apr 12, 2024

It depends on whether the "agreement" arises out of mediation and is commemorated in a signed mediation settlement agreement or whether it was announced in open court and expressly irrevocable.

In many cases involving child custody, agreements reached between the parties are...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Texas on
Q: In Texas, if I'm paying child support am I also responsible for paying for child care?

I'm currently paying child support as a non-custodial parent however, the mother of my children's grandmother also receives $500 a month for "child care". I'm also currently having to go to the custodial parent's home in order to spend time with our children because... View More

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Apr 11, 2024

You are only responsible for child care if you have a contractual arrangement with the child care provider to pay that provider or a court order that orders you to pay child care in addition to child support. Unless the court order specifies that you are only allowed to spend time with your... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for Texas on
Q: What does “order to come” mean after a party doesn’t show up to court for a motion to enter hearing in family court.

The motion to enter was a final order that was agreed to in court on record and approved by judge. We just needed judge,plaintiff and defendant to sign but defendant didn’t show.

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Apr 11, 2024

"Order to come" is not a technical legal term with a defined meaning, so that phrase should be given its ordinary and customary meaning in the context in which it is being used.

There is a legal document called an "Order to Appear" which is commonly used to compel a...
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3 Answers | Asked in Divorce, Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Texas on
Q: My husband cheated and had a baby during our marriage

Hi, my husband had an affair and had a baby during our marriage him and I have a kid together but, doesn’t give me support. Instead he neglects our child and gives more attention to the one he had with another woman. Is there anything we can get out of the divorce?

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Rafee'a S. Majeed
Rafee'a S. Majeed
answered on Apr 6, 2024

Provided you are able to provide proof of the domestic violence and the other baby, these would be grounds to ask for a disproportionate share (more than 50/50) of the community estate.

The community estate consists of any property that was acquired during the marriage (except for...
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3 Answers | Asked in Divorce, Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Texas on
Q: My husband cheated and had a baby during our marriage

Hi, my husband had an affair and had a baby during our marriage him and I have a kid together but, doesn’t give me support. Instead he neglects our child and gives more attention to the one he had with another woman. Is there anything we can get out of the divorce?

Not to mention... View More

Rob  Musemeche
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answered on Apr 6, 2024

I'm sorry you're going through this situation and dealing with an abusive, selfish spouse. You're not alone, and you're not without options. But, there are no quick or easy solutions. Rather, all roads lead in one direction -- a divorce. Here are the steps I would suggest:... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for Texas on
Q: How do I finalize an AJ report for custody. The AJ report was written by the judge. What steps do I take to get it final
John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Apr 1, 2024

Prepare a Final Order in Suit Affecting the Parent-Child Relationship based on the AJ report using the standard language set forth in the Texas Family Law Practice Manual (3rd ed. or 2022 ed.). Submit the proposed Final Order to opposing counsel to determine if there are any objections. If there... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Texas on
Q: If my husband want to take our kids can he hes hasn't really been in the picture for over 7 years

They also have to go to summer school as it's demanded my the state can he still be able to take them

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Mar 20, 2024

In the absence of a court order, yes either parent can have possession of his or her own children. That does not excuse their absences from school and you both will be liable for any truancy that may occur as parents of the children without court-ordered separate periods of possession.

You...
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Q: How do I submit an enforcement for child support on my own?
John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Mar 13, 2024

You can contact the Office of the Attorney General through the following link: https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/child-support

If, for any reason, you do not want to use the OAG, you need to hire an attorney in or near the county where you live to enforce the child support order. This...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Texas on
Q: Do I have to let my son visit his dad after he was physically harmed?

My son was physically harmed by his dad during a visit. It left bruises and welts from his back down his legs. CPS was called via hospital and a pending DA case is still open. I have photos and documentation of the incident. My son is 7 and blames himself because he loves his dad and said if he... View More

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Mar 13, 2024

Since you have a current custody order, you should 100% follow the terms of that order unless and until a modification is granted. Nothing will derail a good motion to modify faster than not following the existing court order. Not following the order demonstrates to the court that a parent does... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Domestic Violence for Texas on
Q: Can I remove my kids from their mom's custody if think the household is a toxic environment? Or do I need to go to court

My kids live with their mom and her parents. On Saturday the kids called me saying that their mom was arguing with her parents. I showed up to pick them up and called the police because she got physical with her parents and she got arrested. Only spend 1 day in custody. Can I just keep the kids... View More

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Mar 11, 2024

As long as there is not already a custody order in place and you are the legal father of the children, you can retain possession of the children until a court tells you otherwise. That being said, you'd be wise to retain an experienced and competent attorney practicing in the area of family... View More

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