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Christopher Jay Harding

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  • I have my neighbor on video spraying my bamboo trees with weed killer. What can i do to press criminal mischief charges

    This neighbor has been harrasing us for 8 months now, resulting in having to get security cameras. The trees he is trying to kill include 8-10 bamboo trees that are valued at $200 each, a 6ft mexican palm, and a 6 ft hibiscus tree. In the video,...

    Christopher’s Answer

    Take your evidence to the police/district attorney. That's all you can do on the criminal side.

    You can also sue him civilly for theft of property or destruction of property.

    You should consider trespass as well as a cause of action...

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  • Can I use my ex's criminal record against him in a custody battle?

    He has a child endangerment charge, 2 dWI's, unknown number of PI's, and a possession of marijuana charge! He also has a CPS case against him and he can't see his girlfriends son without being supervised!

    Christopher’s Answer

    Yes, if you can get them in. Hire an attorney to make sure this is all presented properly. This isn't the movies, this is your life and that of your child.

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  • 60 Days from when to remarry?

    I live in Texas, I am getting Divorced. I have already signed the custody & the decree; which were also approved and signed by 7 judges, and of course the respondent has signed as well along with a waiver that has an agreement to not contest. All ...

    Christopher’s Answer

    You actually have to wait 90 days. 60 days for the divorce and another 30 for the order to become final. That standing order you reference is only with regard to the actions of the parties during the course of the case and is NOT your final order. Wait for the Judge to sign the final order, then another 30 days.

    To answer your question... in addition to the Respondent contesting, your new husband may contest the validity of the marriage if you end up separating in the future. It would not be a strong argument, but you should avoid the possibility all together.

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  • Is the 60 day waiting period to be able to get remarried in place just in case the respondent decides to contest?

    I live in Texas, I am getting Divorced. I have already signed the custody & the decree; which were also approved and signed by 7 judges, and of course the respondent has signed as well along with a waiver that has an agreement to not contest. All ...

    Christopher’s Answer

    You actually have to wait 90 days. 60 days for the divorce and another 30 for the order to become final. That standing order you reference is only with regard to the actions of the parties during the course of the case and is NOT your final order. Wait for the Judge to sign the final order, then another 30 days.

    To answer your question... in addition to the Respondent contesting, your new husband may contest the validity of the marriage if you end up separating in the future. It would not be a strong argument, but you should avoid the possibility all together.

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  • Can i get married now?

    I have in my hand signed by 7 judges, a Petition for divorce signed by my soon to be ex and the last page states "The Dallas County Amended standing order regarding children, property and conduct of parties shall become effective January 5th, 2011...

    Christopher’s Answer

    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.

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  • Can I get my ex-husbands rights removed or if not can my son at least get his last name changed? (see details)

    My ex-husband and I divorced 12 years ago when our son was only 11 months old. He has never payed child support....He has visitation rights but has not seen my son since he left when he was 6 months old (by his choice).... I have been remarried n...

    Christopher’s Answer

    You can file for termination and adoption. If the ex never paid child support and hasn't seen your son, AND you have a new father willing to step into that role, then you can probably force it through. This isn't easy and needs to be done properly or you waste a lot of time and some money. You should definitely hire an attorney to help you through this process.

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  • Do I need a divorce for common law marriage in TX

    We were never married, and I never considered myself married. We do have 3 children. We have been separated for 2 years now and I also have child support filed. We have property, but I'm going to gift the deed back to him. Do I still need a divorc...

    Christopher’s Answer

    If you never considered yourself married, then technically you were never common law married. Common law marriage requires an agreement between the parties to be married.

    If you have a concern that he may claim you were married (or your new husband may claim this) prior to the new marriage, just see if the ex will agree to sign off on an Agreed Decree of Divorce.

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  • Who determines where the non custodo parent pickups the child and drops off the child?

    I live 10 minutes from the court house and he lives an 1 hour from the court house. His has to pick the child up from daycare and i have drive 45min to an hour to a mcdonalds to pick my son up

    Christopher’s Answer

    Typically your orders will tell you the exchange point. That is something that can be modified if necessary. The starting point would be Tex. Fam. Code 153.316.

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  • If in a custody suit, can a person lose their children for submitting a false affidavit of residency to enroll them in school?

    Among several other things, a mother has submitted an affidavit of residency to place the children in a school district far away from the father to alienate him during a custody debate, using another person's address. This was notorized and submi...

    Christopher’s Answer

    That by itself will not do it, but will serve as evidence (among whatever else you gather) that she is not an appropriate custodian due to her actions.

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  • HARRIS COUNTY TEXAS IF THE SHERIFFS NOR THE CONSTABLES WONT TAKE CHILD CUSTODY ORDER OR INTERFRNC W/CHLD ORDER SERIOUS WHO WILL

    I can't get any law enforcement agency in harris county to take my custody order, intrfrnc w/child custody warrant(has been active for almst 2yrs on the mom,who is now the NCP b/c she never showed up to court) nor my writ of attachment serious.The...

    Christopher’s Answer

    You will have to hire an attorney... sorry. You could attempt to change the orders so that she no longer has any visitation, or only supervised, but you need to sit down with an attorney and explain the situation to hear all of the options.

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