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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 venue"),... Read more »

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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 and case went... 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.

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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.

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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 unless...
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Q: can an 18 year old from another country be adopted by her uncle living in houston,texas
Rahlita D. Thornton
Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Nov 3, 2019

Texas does allow for adult adoptions so you should proceed accordingly and consult with an attorney. Let us know if you need help. Thanks and good luck. 888-343-4529.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Texas on
Q: How do I go about this process?

My sister is pregnant and due in about 2 weeks she does not want the baby and is willing to sign over all her rights to me she does not know who the dad of the baby is how would I go about getting custody of the baby so I can take it home from the hospital when it is born?

Jon R. Boyd
Jon R. Boyd answered on Sep 27, 2019

Honestly it’s too involved of a process to describe quickly here.

Conservatorship, Adoption and Termination are described in Chapters 153, 160 and 161.

You DEFINITELY need a lawyer. Doing this wrong could result in criminal prosecution and severe penalties. I can help you or...
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Q: Would it be a complication with my husband adopting my youngest child?

My son is from a previous marriage, his biological dad and I got divorced in Illinois when he was only 1year and 8 months, His biological father at the time of the divorce I only had one addressed where I sent out the divorce paperwork and that was in California, he signed the divorce and also a... Read more »

Rahlita D. Thornton
Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Aug 26, 2019

Your 1st step should be to hire a private investigator to locate him. He may be agreeable and if so you would not have a hard time.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption, Child Custody and Child Support for Texas on
Q: Child's father refusing contact before and after birth, what are my options?

My childs father disappeared after he found out that we had a child (even though we were trying and it was planned). He hasn't changed his mailing address and he is having all of his family refuses any contact with me. I honestly want him to just sign away his rights. I have been seeing someone who... Read more »

Rahlita D. Thornton
Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Aug 5, 2019

The father can certainly give up all of his rights if there is another ready and qualified to adopt. You’ve got a number of steps to follow and because of such you should consult an attorney to assist you. Good luck. 888-343-4529.

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Q: How to adopt a baby we have been having since 2 days old and is about to turn 2?

My husband and I have been having a baby since birth and he is almost 2. Originally his birth mom signed guardianship to us to avoid foster care. When born he tested positive for street drugs. In short, CPS had mom to take drug test after released and mom still tested positive. She has since... Read more »

Rahlita D. Thornton
Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Jul 22, 2019

Are you and the baby living in Texas? If so, CPS may provide attorney fees for the adoption. If they do not and you are in the Houston and surrounding areas feel free to reach out to our office. We can help. 888-343-4529#1.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Texas on
Q: Custody/guardianship of 17 yr old in Texas

I have the 17 year old best friend of my daughter currently living with me. One of her parents is incarcerated, the other on drugs. Her grandmother has guardianship of her but can no longer care for her and is willing to relinquish those rights to me. In Texas, I’ve been told that minors in... Read more »

Jon R. Boyd
Jon R. Boyd answered on Jul 16, 2019

Call CPS.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Texas on
Q: Do I have to travel to California from Texas to request that my sons biological fathers rights be terminated?

He is in prison in California, and my family and I live in Texas. We want my husband to adopt my son, but having to travel back and forth will be expensive and time consuming. Is there a way I can request his rights to be terminated while being in a different state? My sons biological dad hasn't... Read more »

Jon R. Boyd
Jon R. Boyd answered on Jul 16, 2019

Hello. I'm Jon R. Boyd, Family Law Attorney. Let me see if I can help....

I can't tell from your question - has there ever been a court order establishing parentage/paternity? If so, where?

I need to know whether a court anywhere has ever taken jurisdiction over your child. If so,...
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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Texas on
Q: We are a 3rd party Non Relation we had a child since she was 2 she is almost 7 we have full sole Custody

More than likely the father will not sign anything he doesn't even get involved Mom voluntarily signed her rights Through a notary And 2 witnesses Do we have a standing for adoption

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

If you already have “full custody” then I’ll assume for this question you have court ordered custody. Yes, you have standing to seek adoption. Get an attorney to proceed. Good luck. 888-343-4529.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Family Law for Texas on
Q: Can I get my rights back even though my daughter has been legally adopted for 15 years & I have raised her for 15 years.

My parents convinced me to relinquish my rights when I was 18. I stayed living with them to raise my daughter for 15 years. I am now married and living on my own and they will not allow my daughter to live with me. Is there anything I can do to get my daughter back with me?

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

You only mention that you relinquished your rights. Is it possible that your daughter was not formally "adopted"? If not, then you may have parental rights as they may not have even filed any documentation with the court. If they have formally adopted her then that will be a harder road to... Read more »

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Q: Could I lose rights to my kids just because my mother has had my kids for the last 6years?

My mother is trying to adopt my kids. I told her I was not willing to let her adopt them. And ever since I disagreed with her and her wife, she will no longer allowed me to see them , talk to them , or have any sort of contact whatsoever. She has broken the court several times. nd has lied to me... Read more »

Rahlita D. Thornton
Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Jun 6, 2019

You need to bring court action. It sounds as though there is an order in place. You have valid rights. If you do nothing then she will argue that you have abandoned them and could possibly succeed on an adoption.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Child Support for Texas on
Q: Will the OAG force an absent bio father to pay child support of he gives up his rights and the child is then adopted?

Child is on medicaid.

Bio father wants to give up rights.

Step father wants to adopt.

Rahlita D. Thornton
Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Apr 5, 2019

The past child support and health support may still be owing to the state.

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