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  • Hello my son who is 13, wants to stay with me after this summer, we have court orders that has his mom as the primary of his

    living but he does not want to go back he says he feel like a outsider in the house that he's left alone all the time, he has been with me since June 06, and she has called him only once. My younger son is also suppose to be with me but since he d...

    Ivan’s Answer

    Because your son is over 12 he can talk to the judge in chambers and say that he wants to live with you. This is not the only factor the court will consider but it should be the main one.
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  • Can my parents prevent me from moving out at 18 if im still in school?

    I wanted to move out when im 18 (which is soon) and i am still in school. Can my parents keep me from moving 6 hours away and attending a new school?

    Ivan’s Answer

    No.
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  • I was awarded child support and it was never fully paid my youngest turned 18 in 2000. Is it too late to try to get it?

    At the time the DA would not take my case.

    Ivan’s Answer

    It is too late to have him held in contempt however assuming there is a judgment against him at some point you can easily put a lien on his property if he has anything.
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  • What does "joint non suit" mean in a child custody case?

    I am attempting to settle a long-standing child custody dispute with my ex-husband who fraudulently got sole custody of my 6 yr old son in Nevada (where we divorced). He then got permission to move back to his hometown with a final order from Nev...

    Ivan’s Answer

    A joint non suit basically means that both parties are withdrawing their pleadings and asking the case to be dismissed by the court. You would have to agree, although it is possible that if you have an attorney that they may have agreed for you. If that is the case you have 30 days from the date of any possible nonsuit to file a Motion for New Trial.
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  • Does the main parent have a right to get child during the co-parent's 30 days of consecutive summer time?

    I just received standard visitation and I'm the co-parent but I'm having trouble understanding the following verbage regarding summer/extended summer time. I had my son from 7-1 to 7-31 but gave him back for a weekend during that time because that...

    Ivan’s Answer

    In the standard possession order, when the parents reside within 100 miles, the primary parent has the right to designate one weekend during the 30 day summer extended visitation period if they send notice by certified mail containing the choice of weekend by April 15. If no notice is given then the right to choose a weekend is forfeited. If you are over 100 miles apart and the parent with extended summer visitation has 42 days, then the primary parent has the right to designate two weekends.
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  • What happens when someone lies to the attorney general about getting child support payments?

    my husbands ex-girlfriend opened a child support case and lied to them about knowing were he is and stated that she hasn't received any money or help. We pay her every middle of the month and he has he sign a paper that she received it. We have al...

    Ivan’s Answer

    If the Sheriff's office is serious about investigating the case you may be able to convince her to fill out an affidavit of direct payment which could clear this up right away. You should have gotten a notice about the tax refund intercept, it may go to address that AG had at time original order was entered.
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  • Hi my name is Erin, I'm 16 years old and I really need help on moving in with my father.

    I've lived with my mom all my life, because I didnt know my dad up until about 3 years ago where my mom got in touch with him, we did a DNA test to make sure he was my biological dad and he was. So I go see him a lot now, and I've come to the deci...

    Ivan’s Answer

    Your dad needs to file an establishment case and a motion for you to talk to the judge. Because of your age your mom can do little to challenge this.

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  • If i have to go to court in Oklahoma but live in Texas should i get an Oklahoma or Texas Lawyer?

    I have been served to appear in court next month for child custody.

    Ivan’s Answer

    You probably need an attorney in Oklahoma, however, if the child has not been in Oklahoma for 6 months and lived in Texas for more than 6 months prior to that, you may be able to have the case dismissed there and then you could file your own case here.
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  • Mentally unstable mother

    My wife is mentally unstable and has threatened to commit suicide on many occasions. I do think she might also have bipolar disorder since her moods change from severe depression to extreme anger. She has tried to break stuff in my house and hit m...

    Ivan’s Answer

    You can file a custody or divorce case here in San Antonio, but you have to do that within 6 months of the child leaving the state for the Texas court to have jurisdiction. In a court proceeding you can ask that a psychological or psychiatric evaluation be made, and as part of that order she can be required to undergo counseling and/or take medication.
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  • My wife left the state with my son and will not come back.

    She does not want a divorce but she keeps taking my child away. This is the second time. I am not looking to start a divorce but is there any legal action I can take to keep my child in the state of Texas with me without a divorce or separation. I...

    Ivan’s Answer

    You can file an Original Petition in Suit Affecting the Parent Child Relationship to decide custody, visitation, and child support issues without filing for divorce. Without a court order either or you is free to take the child anywhere in the country that you want, and the other parent can do nothing to prevent it. It is possible to have the residence of the child restricted to a school district, Bexar County, surrounding counties, or the State of Texas.
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