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Christopher Jay Harding

Dallas Family Law Attorney.

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  1. Am I able to attend Law School To Become A Lawyer If I have a drug conviction?

    Answered over 3 years ago.

    1. Christopher Jay Harding
    1 lawyer answer

    The problem is this is a long and expensive process where you might be denied. First, you apply to law schools, using time and money. There is no way to know if they will admit or deny you. Then, you go through law school (not easy or cheap) and apply to take the bar (test for all lawyers to be licensed in Texas). You need to pass the bar and a separate "Character and Fitness" test. Even if you pass the bar and law school with high marks, the Bar could deny you based on your felony. That...

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  2. Can you get a court appointed attorney for divorce and child custody case?

    Answered over 3 years ago.

    1. Christopher Jay Harding
    2. Rita Hecker Anderson
    3. William B Fortner
    4. Ronald S. Pichlik
    4 lawyer answers

    The Court may appoint someone to represent the interests of the child, but they will not appoint someone to represent you in a divorce. There are legal aid numbers you can call... please see the link below. They may be able to help you. If this helps, please click on the thumb's up link below.

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  3. How do I terminate non costadial parents rights?

    Answered over 3 years ago.

    1. Christopher Jay Harding
    2. Thomas James Daley
    2 lawyer answers

    This is tricky without an attorney to walk you through it. You are asking to terminate parental rights, something most courts do only reluctantly. The answer is going to be found in Chapter 161 of the Texas Family Code. The forms you need are likely found in the Family Law Practice Manuel. You can go to St. Mary's law school in San Antonio and see if there is a reference librarian that would pull these two books for you. From there, you can try to follow the outline of the form and the...

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  4. Common law marriage+ divorce

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Christopher Jay Harding
    2. Paula Brown Sinclair
    2 lawyer answers

    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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  5. Does a Judgement on Sister State Judgement Modifying Order For Visitation, Child Support and Attorney Fees also Include Custody?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Mark Anthony Cohan
    2. Christopher Jay Harding
    2 lawyer answers

    First, changing custody is not easy. It can be done, but the non-possessory parent has the burden to prove the change is in 'the best interest of the child,' and at least one court in this case has determined that your ex-mother in law should maintain custody. Second, it is really hard to tell what your options might be without reviewing the papers in person and sitting down with a lawyer so that they can ask the pertinent questions and get a feel for the case. Third, until the Court is...

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  6. Do I have to transfer my CS case to NV.

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Karen L. Marvel
    2. Christopher Jay Harding
    3. Anne Elise Kennedy
    3 lawyer answers

    The child support action will actually end up where you can only pursue it in Texas or in the home state of the obligor. It will not transfer to NV unless the obligor lives there. Interstate child support issues can be tricky, but certainly done. Any child visitation/conservatorship issues would end up transferring to NV in 6 months. Also, make sure you have the ability to move to NV under your current orders. You may need to file to change any geographic restriction located in the final order.

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  7. Texas Family Code transfer of jurisdiction

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Joshua Clay Pearson
    2. Christopher Jay Harding
    2 lawyer answers

    In addition to the prior answer, you need to bring up the fact (through pleadings and the request for temporary orders) that the child is not hers. Unless she has adopted or otherwise legally stepped into a conservatorship role, she gets no say over the child UNTIL the court determines she should. This would essentially be a trial within the trial. Really, it forces her to replead her claims and clean it up. This is something complicated and well worth sitting down with a lawyer and discussing.

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  8. What happens when one spouse files for divorce in a state, and a week later the other spouse files for divorce in another state?

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. Thomas James Daley
    2. Christopher Jay Harding
    3. M Elizabeth Gunn
    3 lawyer answers

    Your case will carry forward, but to clean things up, you should ask that the court in MD dismiss their case since you filed first and served her. The MD court will almost certainly grant the motion. Since there is no property and no children, seems pretty clear that the divorce can be finalized in either state (but Texas is proper for the reasons listed). She probably won't answer the TX case, so just default her after 60 days. If she answers, set it for trial and ask her to sign an...

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  9. Is there a form for Emergency Temporary Orders? Is that my best course of action?

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. Thomas James Daley
    2. Christopher Jay Harding
    2 lawyer answers

    You only file for "Emergency" orders if the kids are in danger. More likely you are going to need to look at your orders and see what they say, and if they provide a route for you to get your kids right now. With your ex deployed, you may have an issue proceeding after you file the case. At that point, you could try ex parte orders, but will need to have a really good reason. In this complex situation, you really need to hire a family lawyer. Good luck.

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  10. Husband filed for divorce from his wife after 8 years of separation. They have one child together.

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. Christopher Jay Harding
    1 lawyer answer

    Get everyone to sign off on an Agreed Decree of Divorce and Agreed Order in Suit Establishing Parent-Child Relationship so that all the obligations are clear - the decree handles the divorce and the order will handle the child/father/mother situation. The Court will likely go ahead and finalize the case unless someone complains about Bio Dad not taking the course. With her signature on the documents, wife doesn't need to show unless the Court ordered her to.

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