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Courtney Alyson Kaisand

The Woodlands Divorce / Separation Lawyer.

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  1. Texas divorce The judge wants an ad litem for my missing husband. I don't want him found, he is a drunk, etc. He will fight

    Answered 12 months ago.

    1. Mark Allen Land
    2. Courtney Alyson Kaisand
    3. JaPaula C Kemp
    4. J. Shannon Cavers
    5. Ellen Daniel Williamson
    6. ···
    6 lawyer answers

    The ad litem is required to make a good faith, diligent search. But of course, one's mileage may vary; not all attorneys have the same standards with regard to what constitutes diligence. Some attorneys may do a quick Internet search or look for a Facebook page while others will actually track down former friends and employers and use investigative databases that are literal storehouses of information. So it's hard to predict what the ad litem will do in your case. I wish you the best,...

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  2. Need a tough,aggressive,caring attorney.Someone that will fight for me and not afraid of the arena.I want my rights to my child

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Courtney Alyson Kaisand
    2. Brian Douglas Walters
    3. John M O'Brien
    4. Rachel Ambler
    5. Jay Bodzin
    5 lawyer answers

    I'm sorry that you've been prevented from maintaining a relationship with your child. You should immediately consult in-person with a family law attorney who can assess the facts of your case and recommend a course of action aimed at getting you back in your child's life as soon as possible. (This is assuming, of course, that you are, indeed, the biological father of the child and that there are no other reasons why establishing a relationship with the child would be inappropriate.) If your...

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  3. Can a mother be awarded back child support if she isn't receiving and assistance from the state with no court order in Texas?

    Answered 12 months ago.

    1. Courtney Alyson Kaisand
    2. Bryan L. Walter
    3. Dana Palmer
    4. Thomas James Daley
    5. Rachel Adel Smith
    5 lawyer answers

    Yes, technically, a custodial parent could be awarded retroactive child support even if she isn't receiving state assistance and in the absence of an order. HOWEVER, one of the factors the court must consider in awarding (or not awarding) retroactive support is whether you (the obligor) had been providing actual support for the child before the suit was filed. And you have been providing support, which will seriously weaken her position if she seeks retroactive support. Retroactive support...

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  4. We are arguing over who get what as far as furniture &household items should I get an attorney or not? do i have a case

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Courtney Alyson Kaisand
    2. Mark Allen Land
    3. Bryan L. Walter
    4. Rebecca Janice Carrillo
    4 lawyer answers

    If you are contemplating divorce--which it seems that you are--you should at least consult with a family law attorney who can help you position yourself in the best way. Divorce can be as amicable or as high-conflict as two people want to make it, and the costs--both emotionally and financially--are generally proportional to the amount of conflict. So I encourage you two to decide on the division of household items without the need for the judge to decide who gets the Christmas ornaments and...

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  5. Should I just file for uncontested divorce?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Courtney Alyson Kaisand
    2. Dennis R. Martin
    3. JaPaula C Kemp
    3 lawyer answers

    I'm sorry to hear about your situation. The situation you describe, unfortunately, is not uncommon, particularly when two people get married at a young age, as you two did. Have you or he (or the two of you together) thought about going to counseling? If that isn't an option or has proven futile, then divorce is an option. Since you do not have children or significant property together, your divorce could likely be completed in less time and for less money than if your situation were more...

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  6. My friend has 3 children with this man never married,live in texas for 15 years wants to separate from him ,will she be entitled

    Answered 11 months ago.

    1. Courtney Alyson Kaisand
    2. Raymond Ellis Daniel
    3. Michael Glynn Busby Jr.
    3 lawyer answers

    If they are, indeed, unmarried (and there is no common law marriage), then she would be entitled to child support if she is appointed as the primary conservator and if the children are minors. But other than that, all of his property, including savings and investments, would remain his and she would have absolutely no claim to them (or at least not a claim to them based on their living together for 15 years, having children, and her being a stay-at-home mom). It's unfortunate that your friend...

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  7. TX - Wife left me for another man 12 years ago for another man and i cant locate her at her old address

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Courtney Alyson Kaisand
    2. Jacqueline R. Kriebel
    3. Rachel Ambler
    4. Bryan L. Walter
    4 lawyer answers

    Yes, you can still get divorced even if your spouse cannot be located. First, you and your attorney should make a legitimate effort to locate your spouse--Internet resources, friends, family, former employers, etc. If you're still unable to locate her, then your attorney can ask the court to allow for your spouse to be cited by publication, which means that notice to her will be published in a newspaper that's in general circulation in the county of divorce. Depending on the situation--...

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  8. Should I hire a lawyer before filing for divorce to avoid custody/child support issues? Does it matter who files?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Courtney Alyson Kaisand
    2. Brian Douglas Walters
    3. Hilton K. Moore
    3 lawyer answers

    I am not entirely sure what is meant by "avoid custody/child support issues." Regardless of whether you file as an unrepresented party or whether an attorney files for you, custody and child support will certainly be issues since you have a child together. If you do file as an unrepresented party and then retain an attorney, your attorney will likely amend your pleadings to be in line with how he or she wants them, so you wouldn't necessarily be saving money by filing first and then retaining...

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  9. My daughter has separated from her husband . she is worried that he may try to take them.What can she do to prevent this?

    Answered 12 months ago.

    1. Mark Allen Land
    2. Courtney Alyson Kaisand
    3. Bryan L. Walter
    4. Dana Palmer
    4 lawyer answers

    If her husband is the child(ren)'s father, he has equal rights to them until court orders tell him otherwise. It sounds like she needs to consult with a family law attorney, file for divorce, and get some temporary restraining orders in place that would prevent Dad from hiding/secreting the kids, changing their address, etc. She could also try to get some temporary orders in place that would designate her as the one with primary custody and set out a visitation schedule for him. I wish her...

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  10. What Are The Steps In Texas (Harris County) To File An Involuntary Termination Of Parental Rights?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Mark Allen Land
    2. Courtney Alyson Kaisand
    3. Anne Elise Kennedy
    4. Rachel Ambler
    5. Fran Brochstein
    5 lawyer answers

    I know it isn't what you want to hear, but you *really do* need an attorney to help with this, especially since the parents will likely have an attorney ad litem appointed to represent their interests if they oppose the termination. There may also be issues with getting the parents served with the Petition to Terminate Parent-Child Relationship since you describe transient, unstable individuals who are sometimes difficult to locate. There will also be a social study and background check and...

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