There is no such thing as "automatic temporary orders".
I would suggest that you pay the money due so that the storage unit fee is not delinquent and you don't lose your belongings.
You desperately need an attorney. It sounds like you have no money. If he "controls" all the money, then you need an attorney to ask the judge to have him ordered to pay your attorney's fees and the storage unit fee. You need a hearing in front of the judge in order to accomplish these tasks.
The answer is yes...first get married. Then you need to do an termination of parental rights and a step-parent adoption.
It is long and complex. You will need an attorney. There will be a back-ground check on the husband to make sure there is no sexual allegations against him. Then there will be a social study of your family - just like you were adopting a brand-new baby. There will be an attorney appointed to represent the child's interests. There will be an attorney appointed to try...
I like the answers the other 2 attorneys have given you.
The problems you describe are happening to many families with aging parents.
I recommend that you consult with an attorney in your area that specializes in elder law/probate law. You need to sit down with an attorney in person and discuss your options.
I would also suggest that you "google" the term "care managers". I used a care manager for my parents and she was wonderful. Most people have never heard of this type of help....
I'm going to echo what the other attorneys have already said - you need to immediately contact an attorney that handles a lot of probate and let this attorney assist you. It will be money well spent. DO IT NOW! It will take awhile to get before a judge so you need to act quickly before permanent damage is done.
Here is another suggestion - You can also contact all the banks and notify them that your mother is deceased. The bank(s) might freeze her accounts. However, it will depend how...
Talk to an experienced family law attorney in person. It appears you live in Houston - there are plenty of attorneys in Houston. Look on this website & find one to talk to in person about the facts of your case.
Once you open this door, you cannot close it. If he is a jerk he will get a Standard Possession Order. You need more to restrict his visits - merely being "untrustworthy" and "negligent" won't be enough in Harris County to limit access to the child.
Lastly, if he is really bad...
Most attorneys offer payment plans. If she is a teacher then she will probably not qualify for pro bono services.
If he is bi-polar, she needs to find an attorney that is used to handling these type of people. She does not want to hire a newly licensed attorney to save money and end up wasting her money. She needs an experienced attorney that can "handle" mentally ill individuals.
The judges in Harris County are used to these type of issues. So are experienced family law attorneys....
I agree with the other attorneys that have already answered your questions. Since we don't have legal separation in the State of Texas, why not just file for divorce and get divorced?
There are many fine attorneys in the Houston area that can handle your divorce at a reasonable price since it appears that you don't have minor children and not much property. If the two of you don't have anything to "fight" about, then you have an uncontested divorce and it can be done quickly and simply....
You need an attorney. In Texas, there are not forms at the courthouse to file contempt.
Since contempt is a quasi-criminal action, you need an attorney in Texas since it must be plead with specificity. If you don't do it exactly properly, then her attorney will argue that it should be dismissed and it will be dismissed by the judge. You will have wasted your time and the judge will not be pleased that you wasted the court's time.
PLEASE HIRE AN ATTORNEY TO DO THIS FOR YOU! This is...
You can go to the courthouse & ask the judge's clerk to look at the actual file. You can sit in the courtroom & look at the original the judge signed. You cannot remove anything from the file but you can look at and make sure it is exactly what you received.
I would hire an attorney.
I'm not sure what your husband's attorney file so you might want to file a document called an "Answer".
Texts are worth the paper they are written on!
If you are the bio bad then you have to support the kid - TX law.
Once the baby is born you can do a DNA test. If you are the bio dad then you will be ordered to pay child support and provide health insurance. (You can also be ordered to pay pre-natal expenses if her attorney is smart. )
If you could be the dad, immediately hire a family law attorney to represent you. Don't try to represent yourself. And, please don't go to the TX A G...