Sarah P. Springer’s Answers

Sarah P. Springer

Katy Family Law Attorney.

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  1. Does the biological mother need to be present to baptize my step son? Can my step son have two sets of god parents?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Sarah P. Springer
    2. Betsy Figer Lambeth
    2 lawyer answers

    This question is best answered by your church. However, legally speaking, you have the right to the moral and religious training of your child while he is in your custody, so you can have the child baptized in your church without mom's consent.

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  2. I signed an AOP & want DNA test, does that waive my rights as a parent?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Sarah P. Springer
    2. Jennifer Renee Cochran
    2 lawyer answers

    Your acknowledgement of paternity on file is as good as an adjudication of paternity and you still have a right to DNA testing. You do have rights to the child, but to get them over her refusal to allow you access, you need to go to court. Because the child is under three, you will probably not have a standard possession order right away, but you will have a right to possession unless there is a compelling reason for you not to have access. Requesting a DNA test does not negate your...

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  3. Can arreared child support be released if there is mutual agreement?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Sarah P. Springer
    1 lawyer answer

    Child support is vested when due--that means that each time a child support due date passes, there is a judgment for that amount of child support. If she wants you to relinquish parental rights, she probably wants to have new husband adopt or something like that? In Oklahoma as in Texas, there will be an attorney appointed to represent your child, and the child support is the child's right, not just the custodial parent's right. Be very careful in making a side deal about relinquishment in...

  4. At 3 standard orders are for a child to be away from home 12 days when she has never been away for more than 1 night ??

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Sarah P. Springer
    1 lawyer answer

    What 12 days are you talking about? Is it the Christmas holiday period? If a court ordered the holiday period, there was a reason for the court's doing that. Your child has two parents, and assuming the other parent has been visiting and is important to the child, your child has a right to spend holiday time with the other parent as well as with you. Child support and possession and access are different issues and not dependent on each other. That is, even if he isn't paying child support,...

  5. Wats my posebilyty to get my oldest child back or keep my parental rights

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Sarah P. Springer
    2. Mary Katherine Brown
    2 lawyer answers

    The best way to retain your parental rights is to be a parent to your child. That means support the child, emotionally, physically, and financially. How long has the child been with the aunt? She has a standing issue to start with--will the child's health or emotional well being be impacted negatively without her filing this lawsuit? You should consult with a lawyer and give more detail than you have in this question.

  6. The judge ordered pmc of my son to his great grandmother

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Sarah P. Springer
    2. Jennifer Renee Cochran
    2 lawyer answers

    I really need more information to answer your question fully. Do you mean that you wish to appeal the decision to give custody to the great grandmother? If that's the case, there are deadlines you need to comply with. If the award to great grandmother is part of a temporary order, you still have a final hearing to go forward on to ask for custody back. Of great importance is how long the child has been with the great grandmother--my answer will be different depending on the length of time...

  7. My ex is having surgery and is letting my child stay with her bf until her recovery

    Answered about 4 years ago.

    1. Sarah P. Springer
    1 lawyer answer

    Is your "ex" your ex-wife and do you have a possession order? Your daughter is 6 so she must be in school, and her mom must be letting her stay with bf so she can finish school. An hour away is not really close enough to get your daughter to school. Have you spoken to your ex about the "pedofilic" tendencies of her bf? What leads you to believe that he is a danger to your daughter? How long will she be in the hospital for her surgery? The fastest way to do something about a dangerous...

  8. In the state of Texas, for child support, is the date of graduation the last day of school or the actual date of the ceremony?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Sarah P. Springer
    1 lawyer answer

    Family Code Section 154.002 refers to "high school graduation" not the end of classes. Pay the June child support! That is cheaper than trying to get a court to rule on whether you should pay it since she finished classes in May. Be classy!

  9. I have a question about adoption laws in Texas.

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Sarah P. Springer
    1 lawyer answer

    The children's home might get in trouble for their mistake in sending you the information without your birth mother's consent, but you would not get into trouble. Send her the letter and see what happens. If she makes no response, you might want to leave her alone. Good luck, and God Bless.

  10. Is there a time frame for estrangement to get an uncontested divorce in Texas?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Sarah P. Springer
    2. Sammy Eugene Lucario Jr.
    2 lawyer answers

    Are you in Harris or Fort Bend County? Harris has Houston volunteer lawyers and Fort Bend has Fort Bend Lawyers Care. It will be much easier for your fiance to navigate through this divorce with a lawyer. You don't have to allege "estrangement"--just insupportability which is Texas' "no fault" ground. I take it there are no children involved. There is a 60 day waiting period to get the divorce. If she won't sign papers he can serve her with a citation to get her into court, and if she...