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Christopher Jay Harding

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  • False notarized signature on divorce decree

    Prior to our wedding 10 years ago, my wife filed a divorce decree in Texas with a false signature of her spouse - she paid to get it notarized, but spouse never came to Texas. She insisted we filed for Citizenship, but at the same time separated ...

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    That isn't a claim for you to make, unfortunately. You can bring it up with the federal government. If you have known about it for a while, there is another issue - you could be tied up with any criminal investigation.

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  • Do I have a good case for child support modification to increase child support if the NCP does not take his visitation?

    My son is special needs so the time that he should have him is costing me money with respite care and general support. He is supposed to take him 6 weeks out of the summer, and has never done this. This summer, he will not take him at all. The ...

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    Yes - you do. That does not mean the Judge has to agree with you. However, the guideline child support is for guideline visitation. If Dad is doing less, then you have a good argument to go for more child support for all that extra time. If your child is young, this could add up to serious dollars over the course of his childhood. And depending on the disability, the child support may extend past the normal 18 years.

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  • If parents get back together, does father still have to pay child support? DESPERATELY ASKING, IN NEED OF HELP!

    TX. Oag trying to put father on child support, medical support and retroactive support. I took myself and the baby off medicaid and we are living together. Do I still have to go to court? What can I do? What if we get married? What about a case cl...

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    You and Mother should show up at the hearing. A united front should quickly end the process. Sometimes, people try to hoodwink the OAG's office by saying they are back together, or only one party actually thinks that they are back together and the other still wants child support and medical support. With both of you showing up, the whole situation should be cleaned up immediately.

    Also, if you owe arrears, it requires a specific order to wipe it out. It sounds like you haven't had any orders before, so once you all show up, this should close down.

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  • My name is written wrong on the letter from collection agency, can this allow me not to pay the money.

    i broke my lease with my apartment complex and agreed with manager about the money. then i got a mail from a collecting agency that i owe them 1000$ more than we agreed upon however my name was written totally wrong in the mail. will this wrong na...

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    A name error is an easy correction, and not fatal. You need to talk with the manager directly, and dispute the debt with the collection agency immediately. If they continue to pursue it, you may need to hire an attorney to put it to rest. Otherwise this could start to affect your credit, which you don't want to happen.

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  • I havent seen my son in 3 and a half yrs and his mom doesnt want me in his life at all we agreed to sign my rights

    His mother doesn't want me in the babies life at all she just wanta a lump sum of cash can somebody walk me through the process so I know what kinda of to expect

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    There are a number of attorneys that offer free initial consultations. Call one of their offices and see if you can't speak with one. Make sure they are licensed in Texas. With what you are trying to do, there are a number of considerations the court will take into consideration. That initial consultation can be used to get at least a 'big picture' idea. You may still need to hire an attorney to draft paperwork and push through the case.

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  • How long do I have to be married in Texas for my husband to adopt my son?

    I moved to Texas over a year ago, and we are getting married in a few weeks. My 5 year old son's biological father has had no contact or visitation since I was granted sole custody over 3 years ago in Oregon. The biological father has a history of...

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    Under Texas law you have grounds to terminate the parent-child relationship with bio dad, then have your husband adopt. It isn't an easy road. You would need to domesticate the Oregon order, then have bio dad served wherever he is, then proceed with the termination here in Texas. If you are able to complete the termination, and that is not always easy, even with the facts you state here, then you can start the adoption process. Bio dad may be interested in not having to pay child support, so you might be able to get him to agree. If he does, the process becomes much easier. This is a very technical process, especially with the domestication of the Oregon order, so you need to make sure you speak with and retain a lawyer who has done that type of thing before. Good luck.

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  • Can my deceased husband leave all the mutual fund accounts to his ex wife that were started when we were married?

    We were married 15 years. I stayed home and took care of him and the house. He started a couple of mutual funds after we were married . She was the beneficiary on them when he died in Dec. Am I entitled to any part of the funds since the money th...

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    You have a tough road here - since the mutual funds were started after the first divorce, and she was put as the beneficiary, it is likely it passes outside of any probate and directly to her. You need to sit down with a probate attorney, someone that deals with wills/trusts/estates, and not just family law. There may be a way to assert a claim, through fraud or waste of community assets, through a probate Court. Someone that practices in the probate courts for Bexar county would have a better idea of how to proceed.

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  • Can I take full legal rights of my non biological child?

    The mother is unfit due to abuse and multiple affairs. One child is biologically mine but the other is not. I was never able to adopt her due to having to now file for divorce. If she is willing to give up her rights of both children can I legally...

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    You need to sit down with a lawyer. You first have to terminate one of the parents' relationships to the child if you want to adopt the child. Otherwise you could only shoot for conservatorship, and that may be a long shot. You might be able to terminate on the abuse ground, if mother was abusing the children, or abusing substances, but affairs is not going to do it unless the men are dangerous to the children. Sounds like you may get custody of the biological child and the other child may very well stay with her or go to her family. There are a lot of steps and considerations here - you really need to sit down with a lawyer.

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  • Common law marriage+ divorce

    hi i did common law marriage in texas 3 years ago, we registered it in county. after one year we separated and both of us live in different states that dont recognize common law marriage as marriage. i live in california and he lives in new y...

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    I agree with the prior answer. If neither of you live in Texas, you will not be able to get divorced here. You will have to get divorced in your state of residence. Speak with an attorney in your state for a specific answer.

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  • What would I need to gain complete custody of my son in the state of Texas?

    My son was born in January of 2010, his father has done nothing these past three years and in February of this year he was ordered to start paying child support (the state filed it on him, I did not). He has not paid it and has no intention to, ye...

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    I think you mean denying all visitation. There are two ways - the first is very hard. Terminate his parental rights. It is hard because it is against the public policy of Texas (in most cases) to destroy the relationship between a father and son. However, you have the facts that may lead to a termination. At that point, no visitation would occur, the father would no longer have any rights or visitation whatsoever and be unable to get them back in the future without your agreement, and would not pay child support. Another reason this is difficult is because if the child or you use any state resources (medicare/caid, food stamps, any welfare program) the state wants to recoup its money somehow, and the father is the best way. They will intercept tax refunds or use any other method they have available.

    The second route is to modify the visitation and possession schedule based on the facts you present. This is easier, and could lead to no visitation until the father attends counseling himself and then with the child, hopefully all on his dime, supervised visitation only, or anything up to what he has now. The benefit - you continue to possibly get child support. The drawback, he maintains his rights and the ability to build into a standard possession order in the future.

    Any route you go, you want to get an attorney and a good one, to present your case. Neither route is easy, and it is going to take some time to get it done.

    The immediate stop to visitation is the protective order or a temporary restraining order as stated by the other attorney.

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