Texas Family Law Questions & Answers

Q: Can my sons father take my son away from me of get full custody if we were not married when my child was born?

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for Texas on
Answered on Jan 18, 2019
Rahlita D. Thornton's answer
Both parents generally have equal rights to their child. Therefore, it’s possible for mother or father to gain primary custody of your child. Let us know if you need assistance setting up terms with the court so that each parents rights and duties are spelled out. 888-3434-LAW or 888-343-4529.

Q: Cps put us on a family safety plan dated until the 12th of January 2019. They havent expended the plan. Is it over?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Texas on
Answered on Jan 16, 2019
Rahlita D. Thornton's answer
Your question is one that should be answered by an attorney familiar with your case in my opinion. Seek personal counsel.

Q: Can she put me on child support? Do i have any legal obligation to the child?

2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Texas on
Answered on Jan 11, 2019
Victoria Collins' answer
If her husband had his name placed on the child’s birth certificate and he resided with the child the first two years of child’s life, he is the presumed father, but this can be rebutted through a paternity suit. So if she files a paternity suit then the court is likely to order a dna test to make sure you are the father. If you are in fact the father you can voluntarily terminate your parental rights.

Q: Hello, I have my 16 yr old daughter in court on a family violence charge. Judge says I need a lawyer, cant afford

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Domestic Violence, Family Law and Juvenile Law for Texas on
Answered on Jan 9, 2019
Rahlita D. Thornton's answer
Inform the court of your inability to pay and you may be able to get court appointed counsel for no charge.

Q: how can I find out if I still have custody of my kids. The mother lost custody about 4yr ago and I just found out about

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Family Law for Texas on
Answered on Jan 9, 2019
Rahlita D. Thornton's answer
There's a lot going on in your situation. It would be most helpful for you to schedule a consultation with an attorney.

Q: I have a judge ordered CS payment due for 1/2019. Have 2 pay in full or can I split up pay as long as it's by 1/31/19?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law, Child Support and Municipal Law for Texas on
Answered on Jan 9, 2019
Rahlita D. Thornton's answer
Look at your order for the due date. Follow that. It should state the exact date that it is due. To be on the safe side pay be that date.

Q: My s/o and I went to c/s a year ago because She wanted the health insurance. Now she leaving and taking our 2yr old.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Texas on
Answered on Jan 9, 2019
Rahlita D. Thornton's answer
Look at the order that was signed by the judge when you went to the child support court. It should also have some details about your visitation rights. Good luck.

Q: Can a person sue for grandparents rights if their son isn't supporting the child

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support and Family Law for Texas on
Answered on Jan 9, 2019
Rahlita D. Thornton's answer
The fact that your son is not supporting his child should not affect your right to assert as a grandparent.

Q: Family law

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Texas on
Answered on Jan 8, 2019
Rahlita D. Thornton's answer
If you need services related to a writ of habeas corpus feel free to contact us at 888-343-4529 or 888-3434-LAW.

Q: My eight month old son's Father is keeping him away I have no contact What should I do

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Texas on
Answered on Jan 5, 2019
Rahlita D. Thornton's answer
File suit and get orders put in place by a judge. We suggest you employing an attorney. Let us know if you’d like our help. 888-3434LAW or 888-343-4529.

Q: Is the cost of a drug inpatient program responsibility of non-custodial parent? My daughter is 17.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support, Divorce and Family Law for Texas on
Answered on Jan 4, 2019
Victoria Collins' answer
The answer to your question lay in your Final decree of Divorce, your Order of Conservatorship, Mediation Settlement Agreement, or whatever document you have that lays out each parent's rights and duties. Whichever parent is responsible for medical care that is who must pay for the program. Sometimes this is a shared expense. Your being estranged from your daughter does not relieve you of your rights and duties as her parent.

Q: I dont know what to write on a Response to a modification case that is coming up 1/8. help with filling the papers out

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Texas on
Answered on Dec 28, 2018
Rahlita D. Thornton's answer
It is highly suggested that you employ the assistance of an attorney for that hearing. Any response would have to be tailored to your unique situation. Let us know if you would like our assistance. 888-3434LAW or 888-343-4529.

Q: I got a probably with older two son I want to know wat I could to fight for them they tell me they want to come leave

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Texas on
Answered on Dec 24, 2018
Rahlita D. Thornton's answer
Certainly, if you believe the health, safety and best interests of your sons are in jeapordy then should should take affirmative actions to achieve the goal of protecting them. Let us know if we can help. 888-3434LAW or 888-343-4529.

Q: Can a 17yo that has graduated HS legally move out of her home in Galveston County, Texas?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Texas on
Answered on Dec 19, 2018
Rahlita D. Thornton's answer
The age of majority in Texas is 18. It would be speculation to say whether the police would actually force her return home. A 17 year old is still a minor in Texas except for criminal violations. At 17 years old they are considered an adult if they are criminally charged. So, she should make sure that she does not commit any crimes in her efforts to either move out or when confronted if she does so.

Q: I Don’t believe you understood my question. He’s Not Dead Yet! He is very wealthy and of course he has a will.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Family Law and Probate for Texas on
Answered on Dec 19, 2018
Terry Lynn Garrett's answer
Paternity is more easily established while a person is alive. If your daughter is a minor or disabled and you seek child support, there is a reason to seek a formal declaration of paternity and, if the father is unwilling, a paternity test.

Until the Will is submitted for probate, your daughter will not know whether she wants to contest it.

Q: What happens when child must change school because of bully problem?

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Texas on
Answered on Dec 18, 2018
Rahlita D. Thornton's answer
Since your son is in high school then child support obligation is not that for that many years then my practical suggestion is that you continue to work together for the benefit of your son. If there becomes an issue or disagreement then of course consult legal counsel. Good luck.

Q: Is there a procedure for establishing paternity that should be done before a parent passes away, a DNA test? This is TX.

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Probate for Texas on
Answered on Dec 18, 2018
Terry Lynn Garrett's answer
The Will governs, unless it accidentally omits a child born after it was written. A Will does not become a public document until it is filed for probate. (In addition, whatever the Will may say now, it could be changed.)

See a family law attorney about establishing paternity and obtaining child support before death.

Q: If my daughter's Mom takes her to a different state and put me on child sup we split up after 2 years

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Texas on
Answered on Dec 15, 2018
Rahlita D. Thornton's answer
Child support is to be used for expenses for the child going forward. Retroactive child support is for past child support needs. Both parents have an obligation to finance their child’s needs.

Q: Do I need a letter conservatorship for my daughters when they are age 15 and 13?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Texas on
Answered on Dec 14, 2018
Rahlita D. Thornton's answer
Sounds as if you were not married to their father. If that is the case then you’ll need to have paternity established. Also, sounds like you will have to do a probate proceeding to obtain the benefits. We could assist with both. Let us know if have anymore questions. Sorry for your daughters’ loss. 888-3434LAW OR 888-343-4529.

Q: My ex husband wants to sign over his rights on our daughter how do we start the process

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Texas on
Answered on Dec 11, 2018
Rahlita D. Thornton's answer
First you should consult with an attorney to ascertain if your goals will actually be achieved in this process. For instance doing so may or may not eliminate his child support obligations.

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