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Jessica Lanoue Hanzlik

Jessica Hanzlik’s Answers

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  • What are the jurisdictional requirements for a divorce?

    Just moved to Texas

    Jessica’s Answer

    As stated above, you must be a resident of the state of Texas for six months and be a resident of the county for 90 days. That being said, there are ways to begin the process of separating your assets and liabilities prior to filing if you just need to wait out the jurisdiction requirement.

    I would suggest you speak with a family law attorney now even if you haven't been a resident of Texas or Bexar county long enough to file. You can get the process going now and file as soon as the time is up! Good luck.

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  • I received a summons for court Oct,23,2012 for a credit card debt, I am on SS. Can I file bankrupsy.

    I own a 89 pickup, no real estate . Got divorced in 2009 and agreed in papers that this was my responsibility.

    Jessica’s Answer

    I would suggest you speak to an attorney about filing for bankruptcy prior to the October 23rd hearing. If you and the attorney determine that bankruptcy is a good option - you should be able to show up at the credit card suit hearing and let the Judge know you plan to file for bankruptcy. Good luck!

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  • When should I ask for a continuence on my custody case?

    I have a temporary custody hearing tomorrow and need to know if showing up and asking for more time to hire a lawyer or is there somewhere I should call before hand?

    Jessica’s Answer

    I strongly second the advice stated above - you need to show up tomorrow and if you can find an attorney this afternoon who can represent you in this matter and appear with you tomorrow, even better. The newly hired attorney can ask for the Judge to continue the matter to allow him/her to review the pleadings and discuss a strategy with you. There is no guarantee the Judge will continue the custody case but typically, a Judge will give you and/or your attorney one continuance for good cause. Good luck!

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  • Does my daughter's bio-logical father (BF) (who is NOT on her birth certificate) have more legal rights to her than my husband?

    A couple up years ago me and my husband split. I began seeing someone else, however I had one more romantic encounter with my husband before I moved out. Shortly after moving out, I found out I was pregnant. Both men knew that there was a 50/50 c...

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    Do you think your daughter's biological father is going to seek any kind of visitation with your daughter? Since your husband's name is on the birth certificate, he is the presumed father and unless the biological father brings a lawsuit to establish paternity, he does not have any legal rights at this time.

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  • I have been sued for non payment of credit debt. What to do?

    Called to speak to lawyer who filed and they specified I would have to pay whole amount, plus court cost. Can't this amount be reduced. They offered 20%, but I really can't pay. Help

    Jessica’s Answer

    You can negotiate with the creditor but as you noticed, the creditor will add on fees for their attorney, court costs, etc. typically bringing the 20% settlement closer to the original balance.

    If this is not your only debt, I would also suggest you talk to an attorney about bankruptcy. Best of luck!

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  • How to move to termination of fathers rights?

    Kids dad is behind on support. Doesn't see the kids..call..email. Nothing. How can I get his rights terminated? Do I have to go through the state and have them do it?

    Jessica’s Answer

    You will need to file a petition with the court to terminate his parental rights and likely need to hire an attorney to do so.

    The Attorney General's office will work with you to attempt to collect child support but it is my understanding the AG's office will not seek termination of parental rights. From a financial standpoint, if his rights are terminated, the obligation to pay child support can be terminated as well.

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  • Soldier not supporting children & spouse

    during deployment all money was hidden by my spouse. i received nothing to support our children or household. do i have any recourse

    Jessica’s Answer

    Contact your spouse's unit commander immediately to make a complaint of non-support. Your spouse is likely receiving additional BAS (food), BAH (housing) and perhaps miscellaneous allowance for you and the number of children you have in your household and if your spouse is not using those funds to support you, the military should get involved. Best of luck!

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  • In Texas, am I committing a crime by hiding my car to avoid repossession by the financial company? They're attempting to repo it

    I'm 4 months behind in payments because I lost my job 34 months ago and I'm literally broke. However, thanks to a friend's help, I'm still making a token $50 payment per month. I sent them a letter explaining my situation and telling them that I i...

    Jessica’s Answer

    Unfortunately if you don't have regular income (either a job, disability, social security, regular contributions from family members) then bankruptcy will not help save your car. You would need to file Chapter 13 bankruptcy to repay the behind payments over time and Chapter 13 requires steady income.

    If you wanted to voluntarily give up the car in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, that would prevent the lender from going after you for any deficiency on the loan after the car is returned. I know that isn't the option you are looking for but it could help you get a fresh start when you are able to find another job. Good luck!

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  • Can a lawyer get the phone records from child protective services if i called anonymously

    I called the hotline in texas to report suspicious behavior involving a couple and their child.I overheard him say he has a lawyer who will get phone records and get revenge.I thought these calls were confidential protected by law.I have a wife an...

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    The calls are confidential for this very reason and I imagine he was making this claim in an effort to deflect the allegations of abuse/neglect. The purpose of the hotline is to prevent retaliation.

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  • Im 17 and a father how does one in my position obtain legal guardianship

    no job, i am on the birth certificate and i have sighed an AoP

    Jessica’s Answer

    As mentioned previously, you will want to bring a SAPCR (suit affecting parent-child relationship) to ask the Court to spell out visitation and support for the child including who has primary custody of the child. Be advised that you may be required to pay child support and even if you do not have a job, the Court can still order you to make a monthly payment based on minimum wage. Good luck!

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