Social studies are normal, especially in your case. In a case like yours, you need to either consult with an attorney and/or hire an attorney. I understand that finances may be tight, but you are in a situation where your daughter may be in danger. At least get an initial consultation with someone. Many offer free initial consults.
1) No - Wife need to personally serve him. Call the court clerk, ask for citation to be issued. Also see if they can automate the process and send that citation to the sheriff to serve on Husband. Not sure the costs in Houston, but in Dallas, Citation is $8 and service by sheriff is $75.
2) Won't matter until served. Then he gets until the Monday following 20 days to file an answer. No answer means you can default him after the mandatory 60 days from date of filing has passed AND the...
No. You need to make sure that the Judge signs the order first. You can check online at the link below to see when the Judge signs off on it. Then you need to wait 30 days. Otherwise someone could challenge the divorce (and perhaps the new marriage) and you would have a whole new batch of problems.
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.
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.
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,...
No, the judge won't let them "make the decision." However, the Judge must listen to their opinion and can certainly take that into consideration when it comes to making a final decision. Unfortunately, this means you have an uphill battle to prove that the child should be with you. Hire an attorney to make sure this is properly presented in the strongest light. You get one shot here, most likely, since you will have to show a material change in circumstances once the final order comes down...
File an Original Suit Affecting Parent-Child Relationship and to Establish Paternity. You can do this before the child is born, and finalize it after. This way you get orders in place to protect you and likely child support, depending on all factors. Sit down with a local attorney for more information.
I've seen birthday cards suffice as evidence of intent of gift. Of course, it helps if he signs it over to you in a notarized document. There really isn't a standard form, but an attorney could help draft one that avoids any problems in case of a divorce.