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Christopher Jay Harding

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  • Relinquishing custody

    how is it viewed if a father relinquishes his custody because it is just too difficult to deal with the child's mother? And if the mother agrees will the court sign the motion for the father to no longer be financially responsible?

    Christopher’s Answer

    It can be done, but typically someone else has to step in to be financially responsible, or the child and the mother cannot be using any form of state aid.

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  • How I collect back child support if every time I find ex he moves,disappears,or doesn't file taxes, self employed?

    In my divorce decree, some 20 yrs. ago, it stated that my ex would continue to pay child support on our daughter, who is profoundly mentally handicapped when every time to collect or find out his address (he lives in a small town that only uses PO...

    Christopher’s Answer

    You have a long road ahead, but it is possible. Get a judgment and treat it as a collection matter. Sue him, show a court he simply will never comply with court orders, then force a receivership situation. Really you should hire an attorney because it isn't easy and needs to be done properly for it to work.

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  • I have complied for 16 months son always been in my custody keep saying closing my case but don't. how long can they harass me

    I have had 3 different case workers show up and tell me they are going to close my case but they never do. i originally got into a fight in front of my son and they tested me found me positive for drugs i went to treatment with my son and have re...

    Christopher’s Answer

    As long as it takes for them to determine whether the child is in danger. You can hire an attorney to help close this issue by setting it for final trial, but keep in mind that Judges will tend to play it safe, which in this case means forcing you to build a long history of being clean and mentally stable. Good luck.

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  • Can a divorce be granted in Texas if the wife is pregnant to a man other than her husband if there is an AOP and DOP signed?

    The biological father has already signed an Acknowledgement of Paternity and the husband has signed a Denial of Paternity. Court is asking for a case to give precedent and I don't know where to find one. Any help would be appreciated.

    Christopher’s Answer

    You can still get divorced, you might just need to clear up the child support issue later or ask that the court grant the divorce and abate child support pending DNA testing once the child is born.

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  • Parental alienation syndrome

    my child is displaying all the characteristics of PAS. how does the judge deal with this when my child no longer wants to see me after being alienation from me for so long?

    Christopher’s Answer

    One thing to keep in mind is that PAS is VERY VERY hard to prove and Judge's tend to take the allegation with a HUGE grain of salt.

    Second, kids will be kids and they act strange sometimes.

    If you still choose to pursue PAS, you should hire an attorney. That is much tougher than most child custody issues. Good luck.

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  • He is not following custody papers

    My Ex drank a lot and I really think that he might have a drinking problem so when we drew up the custody papers I put in that we both could not have more than 1 alcohol beverage in a 24hr period. well I know for a fact from pics and other friends...

    Christopher’s Answer

    If you can prove he is violating a court order, with video, witnesses, or whatever, you can file a motion for enforcement and sanctions to put this issue in front of the judge and show your ex that you are serious. If you don't pursue this, he is going to keep on with his normal behavior.

    You should always talk to your ex first, to show that you tried. Good luck.

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  • Mental abuse

    isnt denying visitation to a parent a form of child abuse to a elementary school aged child?

    Christopher’s Answer

    No. Many times we might wish it were - it would make our jobs easier.

    You need to get visitation orders through temporary orders or a final order. If you have orders with visitation, you need to file a motion for enforcement and for sanctions, request make-up time, and put this bad behavior in front of the judge.

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  • Alienation

    how long will the court wait to hear a case where the child is being alienated from one parent? what are the laws in texas about parental alienation specifically in harris county? how do they reprimand the parent denying the visitation so it d...

    Christopher’s Answer

    Parental alienation is very hard to prove. If you are going that route, you really need to hire an attorney. This is something heard in many cases, and while I'm sure it is true in your case, judges tend to take this with a BIG grain of salt. An attorney can help speed up the process and point the issues out properly, as well as advise you of the possible outcomes in your case.

    Judges typically start with warnings, then move to fines/punishment like changing visitation. If it continues, they can be denied custody.

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  • I have soul/joint custody of my son, i have not alowd his biological mother to see him in a year do to her drug habit

    She has 4 kids, doesnt have any of them in her care.. i have soul custody of our son but have not let her see him in a year due to not receiving child suport and her being on drugs. She tried to have me jumped by her boyfriend while picking my son...

    Christopher’s Answer

    You sound like you have the facts necessary to make sure she has no ability to have visitation with your child without supervision. Actually terminating her rights is tougher, but possible. If you do that, her obligation to pay child support also terminates.

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  • Can I request supplemental discovery for updated discovery documents after discovery period has been completed.

    By submitting a supplemental discovery motion? I never received updated discovery documents because I requested them in a form not recognized i.e. I requested them by email without formally requesting them. I need updated documents for my case. M...

    Christopher’s Answer

    No.

    But you could file a motion for continuance asking the Court to push back the trial date so that discovery can be completed.

    If you are simply wanting updates on documents/accounts you already formally requested, you might be able to file a motion to compel that discovery, but really it seems you are too close to trial to do it without filing a motion for continuance. Good luck.

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