Someone (either you or your spouse) had to appear in front of the judge to "prove it up" before the Judge would sign the Final Decree of Divorce. The judge won't finalized the divorce in the State of Texas unless one of you has done this step. You can call your attorney and confirm that this step was done.
I assume that you were invited to attend this "prove up" appearance which only takes a few minutes. Or, perhaps you were even there.
However, neither of you need to actually sign...
Yes, you can do a divorce by publication. I don't recommend trying to do it yourself because it's complicated. I recommend that you find a family law attorney on this website and just hire them to do "their magic".
First, the attorney will try to find your spouse. If you have their social security number, the attorney might be able to locate them.
Second, if not, then the judge in Harris County will appoint an attorney to try to locate the spouse and you get to pay for that...
I agree with the other attorney - your question is unclear.
If you have filed your taxes with your girl friend as your "spouse" then you are married in the State of Texas. You have set up a "common law" marriage and you are as married as if you went before a minister and got married. If you did this, you have held out to the world that you are "married" and you will need to file for a divorce if the two of you break-up. Also, you now have a community property issue because everything you...
You are actually asking more than one question. (1) You were ordered by a judge to follow the judge's orders. If you don't follow the court orders, you can be held in contempt of court by the judge. The "over the age of 12" is irrelevant. A child does not get to make "visitation decisions" until they turn 18. I receive questions similar to yours often about "visitation over the age of 12" & I have no idea where people get the idea that children get to decide things when they turn 12. You...
First, I truly feel sorry for your children. Their lives have been ripped apart. I cannot image what they have been going through emotionally.
Second, I recommend that you immediately put them in counseling. If you need to do a modification, you will need the testimony of an independent counselor to testify about what is going on in their lives and how this behavior is impacting them.
Third, I would encourage you to also enter counseling. All of this stress cannot be good for you...
You need to do some research and try to understand the laws of the State of Texas. There are many websites that cover Texas child support and child custody laws. Unfortunately, I could write volumes on the topic.
You certainly are not the first person to ask these sort of questions. Most people considering separating never thought that they would ever be in this situation. Take a deep breath & start doing some research. You need to take your time and think smart. Do not leave without...
I know that you called Patricia Bushman's office already regarding this matter.
This is a complex family law matter & you need an attorney to assist you.
Judge Hellum's court is not going to sign a piece of junk on January 28th and your case is going to be dismissed. So you have a choice - do it right or stay married.
I think I've already recommended Patricia Bushman - why? Because I respect her.
Here are some other ideas:
Where would I look to find an experienced family law...
I agree with the other attorney. You need to consult with an attorney in Austin.
I don't really understand your question. Pick up the child during your scheduled visit & take the child to visit his great-grandmother during your visit. There is nothing that sounds like it prevents you from visiting her. It just sounds like you might miss a party or arrive a little later than you would like.
If he won't cooperate with you, you cannot make him cooperate without a court's order. If the...
This area of the law is very technical and tricky. I recommend that you consult with an elder law attorney in your county. Quite frankly, sometimes people divorce due to medical bills. In my litigation career, I've done several of these type of divorces.
You can file for diovrce now but it cannot be finalized until the new child is born. You will want DNA testing to prove the new child is not yours.
You will need an attorney to represent you. There are many fine family law attorneys on this site. So check around and hire one.
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