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Christopher Jay Harding

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  • I went threw a divorcealmost two years ago,and the judge in districtcourt 317th my ex-husband had the safe with all my jewelrys

    it.and the judge order that we get a locksmith to open the safe and all was in it was a watch.my ex-husband taken the safe when he left. all my personal things like my childrens jewerlys mine and old coins.jewerlys that i had of marriage before hi...

    Christopher’s Answer

    If the district attorney decides to pursue theft charges, you don't have to do anything on the criminal side. That is the cheapest way to see him punished. Talk with the DA / police about it. You can also sue him in court for the money value of the jewelry, but you will have to prove to a jury that he did it.

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

    I filed for divorce in the state of Texas where I live. A week later my wife filed for absolute divorce in Maryland where she lives (she was probably unaware that I filed the divorce). She was served with divorce papers 2 days after she actually f...

    Christopher’s Answer

    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 agreed decree of divorce to avoid having to fly down to TX. She either signs it or you have a trial. If she does or doesn't show up, end result is a divorce. Good luck.

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  • Child support enforcement in Texas

    I am a father and am the custodial parent. The bio-mom is 9300.00 in arrears. She has made a total of 250 dollars this year. She is supposed to pay 200 a month. In total over the past 3 years she has payed around 1700 dollars. I want to take ...

    Christopher’s Answer

    Yes, you can probably get attorney's fees awarded, but actually getting the ex to pay them, much less your child support, is going to be impossible if she doesn't have the money. You could potentially get her put in jail. That is the only way to really threaten her to get a job... but you will have to front the costs for the attorney and hope to recover those costs from her.

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  • If a parent has rights to a child, but has a no contact order with that child, are they still entitled to get medical records?

    There is a no contact order between parent and child but the parent still has rights to that child and still pays child support. The custodial parent is unsure as to whether or not the non custodial parent has access to the medical and school rec...

    Christopher’s Answer

    Yes - as long as the orders say so. The parent must go to the school or doctor's office at that point.

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  • Child custody

    Me and my husband lives in texas and trying to make this easy. we both filing for a divorce and he wants to keep my son sun all day and monday and tuesday at 6pm thru overnight. I have him wednesday thru saturday. Is that joint custody and will th...

    Christopher’s Answer

    That is NOT a normal schedule -- you would need to agree to that. Courts typically count "overnights" when seeing if parents have 50/50 possession. (Joint custody is a term of art and not what you are asking about.)

    If you do have 50/50, then you can 'net' the child support, which means if you were ordered to pay child support at $100/month and he was ordered to pay at $400/month, you 'net' the extra $300/month... unless the parties agree otherwise.

    It sounds like your soon-to-be ex may be trying to trick you into something you do not want to do. You should sit down with a local attorney and discuss the situation. Many in Dallas, myself included, offer free initial consultations. Good luck.

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  • Do parents that are possessory conservators have right to children's medical and school records?

    There is currently a no contact order in place between this parent and his child. However, he wants access to child's medical and school records but the mother is refusing to give him that info b/c her lawyer said he does not have that right beca...

    Christopher’s Answer

    Yes, under normal language. You will need to look at your orders to make sure. The parent would need to go to the source (school or doctor), and not the other parent since there is a no contact order. Take your orders (as long as they allow you access to those records) to the school or doctor's office and you will be able to get the information.

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

    My Ex and I share joint custody of our children. She has them during the school year, and has "exclusive right to designate primary residence...". She informed me that she was being deployed, but not when she would be or where she was going. She...

    Christopher’s Answer

    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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  • Do i have rights if me and my mom share joint custody of my kids?

    I was locked up and she filed for full custody but the courts only granted her sole temporary guardian ship. I believe we have joint custody. She tells me i have no rights over my children. I am home now and she doesnt allow me to make decisions ...

    Christopher’s Answer

    The orders in the case tell you what rights you do have. You need to get a copy, which you can do by going down to the courthouse and requesting a copy. You may need to pay up to a dollar a page, but it will be worth it. Once you have your papers, you will be better informed.

    If you want to get those orders changed, sit down with a family lawyer and discuss your options.

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  • What legal options do I have if my ex has temp.custody of our kids but is now in jail.

    I'm considering to file a motion to modify temp. orders on my own. We both do not have attorneys. He is not easy to negotiate with!

    Christopher’s Answer

    You could do this yourself, but no one familiar with child custody cases would suggest that. You are going to have to address why he has temporary custody of your kids and why you should be awarded custody. Sit down with an attorney and discuss the case in full. Good luck.

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  • Child custody

    My husband is tryin to fight for full custody in texas. he cannot prove that im a unfit mother. He works two jobs and he has a history of family violence. Does he have a right to joint custody

    Christopher’s Answer

    If the court finds he has a history of family violence, he cannot get primary custody. However, he could still get joint custody and visitation. You really need to hire an attorney to make sure you receive the best advice and best possible outcome. There are many tools an attorney can use to help make sure your case is properly presented to the judge and all the evidence gets in.

    Many also offer free initial consultations. Find one in Dallas and set up an appointment. Good luck.

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