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Patricia Faye Bushman

Patricia Bushman’s Answers

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  • If a mother is using drugs and the children are in a bad way what can you to to help?

    If the family steps in can the grandmother or uncle get temporary custody of the children and make sure they go to school. The father is an ex felon and is a drug user also. The family does not want the children to end up in foster care. What can...

    Patricia’s Answer

    The family can step in and file for custody. If they don't file, then they need to call CPS. Talk with a good family law attorney about your options.

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  • What proof is needed in court to gain sole custody of my daughter? there is a substance abuse issue with her father. (my husband

    I have filed for divorce, however, am not getting any answers from my lawyer. I am thinking about looking for another. I have many questions, since I have never dealt with legal issues in the past. I email him and dont get a response at times. ...

    Patricia’s Answer

    Your attorney should explain what "custody" means and explain supervised visitation to you. If the attorney won't explain, then you need a new attorney. Don't wait. Court cases can move fast, and there is a lot that must be done and deadlines to meet. Good luck to you.

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  • Need help with custody issue!! Was living in Texas and just got married and now in Massachusetts. Have been here for 3 weeks.

    I was a single mom in texas and my 2 year olds dad and I were never married. He is on her birth certificate. There was never a court ordered child support or visitation in place. Now that I am here in Massachusetts, he has filed with the courts fo...

    Patricia’s Answer

    you need an attorney in Texas to deal with this. You won't be arrested unless you are in violation of a court order. If you don't participate in the Court proceeding, he can get an Order giving him custody, and then law enforcement can physically remove your daughter. You will need to be legally notified of the suit for that to happen, such as being served. But there are ways around that, so don't rely on it. Hire a good attorney now.

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  • My ex gf has custody of my son. Bt hes been living w/ me during the week and with her on the weekends how can i get custody?

    Last year she decided it was too much stress onher to keep him so she asked if he could come live with me for a while until she got on her feet. He's been wth me ever since and I still pay her weekly child support. What are my chances of legaly ge...

    Patricia’s Answer

    If she has voluntarily relinquished the child to you, you should have a good case to get custody. There can be other factors. Talk with a good family law attorney to see what your options are.

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  • How long do my kids need to live with just me for me to have automatic full custody?

    My husband moved out 3 months ago.

    Patricia’s Answer

    I agree with the other answers. I would add that if there is no court order, the children's father can take them at any time and you cannot do anything about it. Talk with a good family law attorney immediately to discuss your options.

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  • How to reverse a no contact order in my custody agreement following a cps case?

    Some time ago, I was named Sole managing conservator at the end of a cps case. At the onset of the case the father of my child was involved. Closer to the end, he stopped visiting our child and stopped showing up for court. When the final order wa...

    Patricia’s Answer

    You won't lose the kids over a chance meeting, but you should immediately leave as soon as you see him. I don't know if the no contact is an actual Court Order, or just a CPS safety plan. To change a Court Order, you would have to file a modification. Talk with a good family lawyer to see what your options are. It might be pretty simple to get it done, depending on the situation.

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  • My brother lives with me ( i provide room & board). i am trying to help him to get a job. he has paid partial child payment.

    I am trying to help him to get a job to be able to be to pay child support and live on his own. How can get help from state for for few months that he would get a job and be able to pay child support. if he doesnt have job he cant pay. please advice.

    Patricia’s Answer

    I am unclear as to what you are asking. Are you asking if he can not pay the child support until he finds a job? The answer to that is not really. As soon as he is 30 days late for any part of the support, he is in contempt of Court and could be put in jail. Your brother should talk with a good family lawyer concerning his options.

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  • How can non-father of 6 year old girl get released from responsibility of court-ordered support responsibility in Tennessee?

    In Tennessee, Paternity was volunteered in writing by a boyfriend of a woman who had a newborn daughter from another man. Boyfriend did so assuming his relationship with mother would end in marriage. Marriage did not occur, and boyfriend is not...

    Patricia’s Answer

    If the child is still in Tennessee, then Tennessee law prevails and you would have to talk with a Tennessee lawyer to see what your options are. Texas has some new statutes that might give some relief, but they won't apply if the child is living in Tennessee.

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  • Do I have to file a Rescission if Birth Father did not sign the AOP? Could I still file Child Support?

    I had my child single handedly, and the father of my child lives in a different city, he was not present at the birth, I signed the "AOP"and he did not, so does that make me ineligible to get child support if I did not place his name on ANY docume...

    Patricia’s Answer

    You can go after him for ongoing child support. There might be some issues going after retroactive support, but you might be able to get that as well. Talk with a good family law attorney about your options.

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  • My ex is taking me back for more child support

    If she brings a lawyer and I dont have one can I get a reset ? if so what should I say?

    Patricia’s Answer

    You are entitled to 3 days notice of the hearing. Sometimes a court will allow a reset for hiring an attorney, it depends on the judge. In Brazoria county, you will not have much chance if you are in AG Court. you need a good family law attorney to help you figure out your options.

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