Once you have properly served your wife, either in personally, of if the judge permits it, by posting, the petition for divorce must be on file for 60 days before the court can enter a final decree of divorce.
Hope this helps, and good luck!
Texas does not recognize legal separation. If your spouse has filed for divorce, you are required to be served with a copy of the citation and petition for divorce. Until this occurs, you are not obligated to do anything in response to your spouse's likely bluffs. You can also search the Tarrant County Court Records online to see if anything has been filed at this point.
Good luck, and I hope this helps.
Texas does not have alimony. Texas has limited spousal maintenance in very narrow circumstances (none of which appear to apply to you). You can, however, seek temporary spousal support during the pendency of the divorce.
Texas does not recognize legal separation. Any monies that come in during the marriage are presumed to be community property and as such, it is subject to the just and right division along with the rest of the community estate. Unless you inherit the money, or it was gifted to you, then it is likely your soon-to-be-ex will be entitled to a portion of it.
I hope this helps and good luck to you.
You have the right to represent yourself in court. I suggest however that you don't do so because of the details that are involved in litigation. A possible solution for you would to be to schedule mediation with a third party to help negotiate a settlement between you and your soon-to-be ex.
It depends on when you took out the student loans. If you did so prior to marriage, then the debt is solely your responsibility. It gets a little trickier if the student loans were taken out during the marriage. I need to know more about what you mean when you say both you and your ex "signed on them."
With regard to the assets, yes. However, any sort of possession and access to the children must be proven to be in the child's best interests. Based on the facts you presented, you could argue that the possession schedule you plan on putting in the postnuptial agreement would be in the child's best interests because of his drug and alcohol abuse. It is unlikely that a court would enforce your proposed possession schedule if it is based his adulterous activities.
Nothing can be done until the child is born. Once the child is born you can ask the father if he voluntarily chooses to terminate his parental rights. In doing so, the father would not be required to pay child support but would have zero access to the child. The same would be true for the father's family.
If the father does not agree to terminate his rights, then you could possibly file suit to terminate his parental rights on the grounds that he knowingly engages in activities that...
I'm not sure I completely understand your question, but generally termination of parental rights is a very serious proceeding. Unlike most other family law issues, termination requires proof by clear and convincing evidence that it is appropriate under one of several statutorily defined grounds AND that the termination is in the child's best interests. There is not a ground supporting termination based on a lack of social security benefits. I suggest you contact a lawyer as soon as possible...