Fran Brochstein’s Answers

Fran Brochstein

Houston Mediation Attorney.

Contributor Level 18
  1. Father seperated over 5yrs with my kids now my wife is scheduling mediation what questions should i ask had kids fulltime since

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Fran Brochstein
    2. Mark Allen Land
    3. J. Shannon Cavers
    3 lawyer answers

    I assume you mean the Texas Attorney General's office will be present - not the District Attorney's office. You truly need an attorney present to represent your interests and your children's interests. Do not expect the TX A G office to care about anything but child support. The mediator cannot give you legal advice. Look on this website & hire an attorney. Good luck!

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  2. My ex and i will be going to a bench trail for our divorce, what chances do i have as a single mom concerning our house

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Vicki Elaine Wiley
    2. Howard M Lewis
    3. Fran Brochstein
    4. Charles Emmerich Hardy
    4 lawyer answers

    You are not a "single" mom - you are a "divorcing" mom! You need to list all community property that needs to be divided! That includes all real estate as well as "stuff" inside the house - like furniture, linens, pots & pans, appliances, etc. Of course, I recommend that you hire an attorney to represent you.

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  3. Stay at home mom for thirteen year with a severe disable daughter if i go into my husbands account would i go to jail

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Fran Brochstein
    2. Maria Sara Lowry
    3. Michael Glynn Busby Jr.
    4. Jahn Eric Humphreys
    4 lawyer answers

    If you are not on the account, then it is not technically your account. However, make a copy of the balance since it is community funds. Hire an attorney and file for divorce with temporary orders to get some money.

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  4. My niece has lived with us since 2003. She just turned ten years old. We have power of attorney but want to adopt.

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Fran Brochstein
    2. Emily S. Gelman
    3. Lawrence John Gibney Jr.
    3 lawyer answers

    Terminating parental rights is very serious and courts don't do it lightly. You really need to sit down with an experienced family law attorney and discuss it. If you have been in Texas over 6 months then Texas now has jurisdiction over you and this child. Look on this website and find an attorney that you like in your area. Several years ago I blogged about this on my old blog (www.txfamilylaw4u.blogspot.com) and you can read about it there. All the best since this child is lucky...

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  5. How to prohibit divorce jury from being told which parent had the children the whole time during temporary orders.

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Fran Brochstein
    2. Bruce Campbell Zivley
    3. Alan Kramer Taggart
    3 lawyer answers

    It sounds like you are pro se. I would strongly urge you to retain legal counsel. A jury trial is a complex matter. The jury wants to know what has been happening in the children's lives. They get suspicious if someone tries to hide things from them. It appears that you live in the Houston area. There is the Harris County Law library located in downtown Houston in the old jury assembly building on Congress. It is open and available to the public. You can go down and do research....

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  6. How can I get custody of my 2 kids (age 2 & 3)? Their mother just filed for child support but they live with me.

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Fran Brochstein
    2. William Tyler Moore Jr
    2 lawyer answers

    I would look on this website for an attorney. You need to first establish your paternity. It sounds like you have had them the majority of the time for over 6 months. However, you are going to have to prove this in a court of law. I assume that their mother is going to deny your allegations. You need to meet with an experienced family law attorney and discuss your case in person. You can prove your case with written evidence and with witnesses. If I were you, I would not go to the...

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  7. 94 yr grandmother in a nursing home. Mother durable power of attorney. Will sell her house. Can she determine where money goes?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Stephen Neil Foster
    2. Fran Brochstein
    3. Steven M Zelinger
    4. Jessica Anne Newill
    4 lawyer answers

    I agree with the other two attorneys - their answers were wonderful & you need to carefully read their answers. Your mother absolutely needs to consult with an attorney before she does anything. You might not ever receive a penny even though you are a beneficiary of her estate since the money needs to be used for your grandmother's use while she is alive. Your mother must be very careful since she has a fiduciary duty to her mother. I assume that your mother understand this duty,...

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  8. If i was "common law marriage" and claimed taxes as married do i have to get a divorce decree?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Fran Brochstein
    2. Paula Brown Sinclair
    3. David Alexander Browde
    4. Jayson Lutzky
    5. Christopher Michael Larson
    5 lawyer answers

    I don't know why people that don't practice in Texas answer these Texas common law marriage questions. I'm not getting any "points" for answering this question -- but I cannot ignore the somewhat vague answers that the other attorneys gave you. The Texas legislature has been tweaking this section of our family code & making it a nightmare for family law attorneys and for the public. The public definitely does not understand the common law marriage provisions of the Texas Family Law Code...

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  9. What happens if my shusbands adoption of my son does not go through?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Fran Brochstein
    2. Bruce Campbell Zivley
    3. Joseph Franklin Pippen Jr.
    3 lawyer answers

    You live in Houston, Texas. There are many excellent family law attorneys in Houston. You need to meet with one in person and discuss all the options. Termination and step-parent adoption cases are complex. The Harris County family court judges don't grant these without a lot of thought. Your son is approx. 12 years old and knows his bio. father. If your son does not want his step-dad to adopt him, then the judge will not terminate his bio. dad's rights. I've written about this...

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  10. My elderly mother has run up a line of credit on her home since 2004, (unbenownst to me) I have been her primary support system

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Fran Brochstein
    2. Lawrence A Friedman
    3. James P. Frederick
    3 lawyer answers

    Yes, it sounds like you need to immediately consult with an attorney experienced in elder and/or estate planning/probate law. You will need to meet with an attorney in person to discuss this complex matter. There is no way for an attorney to give you advice without knowing a lot more information. Look on this excellent website and the State Bar of Texas website.

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