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Christine Henry Andresen

Austin Adoption Lawyer.

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  1. How do I file an amended Petition for Divorce in Texas (Williamson County -- District 425)?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Christine Henry Andresen
    2. Min Gyu Kim
    2 lawyer answers

    Change the title on the document from "Original Petition for Divorce" to "First Amended Petition for Divorce." Otherwise the document's content can be identical--except this time it will be signed!--or you can make other changes. www.chalaw.com

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  2. Should I pick up wife on health insurance after she filed for divorce. Austin, TX

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Christine Henry Andresen
    2. Ophelia Genarina Bernal-Mora
    3. Barbara Lynch Schnack
    3 lawyer answers

    Assuming she wants to be back on the policy (ask her first), I think the smart thing is to cover her. Until you are actually divorced, her debts are community debts. So if some medical catastrophe befell her in the next month, the judge could order you to pay all her medical debts. That's not a sure thing, but I think the fact that you had the power to get her back onto medical insurance and chose not to could be something that would make a judge MORE likely to "award" those debts to you....

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  3. What are the laws regarding common law marriage in the state of TX, does TX recognize common law marriage

    Answered about 5 years ago.

    1. Christine Henry Andresen
    1 lawyer answer

    Yes, Texas has common law marriage. But since you have been broken up for more than two years, there is a "rebuttable presumption" that you never agreed to be married. You may want to talk to a family lawyer about your particular circumstances and whether it would be to anyone's benefit to prove you actually WERE married. That's pretty unlikely. Here's the statute, if you are curious, from the Texas Family Code: Sec. 2.401. PROOF OF INFORMAL MARRIAGE. (a) In a judicial, administrative, or...

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  4. We have filed petition for termination of parental rights & step parent adoption, bio father signed waiver of citation what next

    Answered 8 months ago.

    1. Maria Sara Lowry
    2. Jeffrey S Johnson
    3. Christine Henry Andresen
    3 lawyer answers

    Hire an attorney to draft a Relinquishment of Parental Rights for bio-father to sign. That's way better than waiver once you get to final hearing. There is a lot of other paper-work you need by law--adoption home study done by social worker who meets a dozen statutory requirements. Birth certificate. Etc. I don't know any adoption specialists near you, but I do a lot of adoptions and could do a phone consult if that would be helpful...?

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  5. What is required in order for me to adopt my same-sex partner's biological child?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Christine Henry Andresen
    2. Thomas James Daley
    2 lawyer answers

    You need to find a local attorney knowledgable about same-sex, second-parent adoption. There are some in San Antonio. If you can't find someone closer, give me a holler %^)

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  6. I have filled out all the paperwork on texaslawhelp.org on my own. The uncontestest divorce.

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Christine Henry Andresen
    2. Arthur Harold Geffen
    3. Kathryn Figueredo Fowler
    3 lawyer answers

    Their forms are good. But that doesn't mean they're mistake-proof. I would strongly suggest after filling in and before filing, you find an attorney willing to go over them with you during a consultation for consultation fee, to make sure you are doing what you intend.

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  7. Will my home go to my wife if I put her on the deed before I get a divorce? I want to refinance my home.

    Answered about 4 years ago.

    1. Christine Henry Andresen
    2. Daniel O'Brien
    2 lawyer answers

    To answer your last question first, it's not a standard thing, but a family lawyer can draft a post-marital property agreement for you talking about who would get the house upon divorce if you and your wife are both in agreement about this. It's like a pre-nuptial agreement, but after marriage. This is sometimes called a post-nup. Since you bought the house before marriage, meaning put down the down payment and started to make mortgage payments, at least a portion of the house is certainly...

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  8. Do I have sibling visitation rights in Texas?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Christine Henry Andresen
    1 lawyer answer

    You will probably need to hire a lawyer to get this done. You can file a law suit under Texas Family Code § 102.0045 that gives a sibling who is 18+ the right to file a suit to request access. § 153.551 says all you need to show is "best interest of the child" to get this. I think this is VERY likely for a judge to court-order if you are a very clean-cut person with no drug use, mental illness, criminal history. If you aren't, change your behavior before you file suit to look more clean cut;...

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  9. Dr's saying they will report me to CPS unless I agree to a CT Scan & full skeletal xray for my 7 month old

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Hilary Diane Unger
    2. Christine Henry Andresen
    3. David N. Smith
    3 lawyer answers

    You should consult with an attorney with experience dealing with CPS immediately to help you decide what to do next. If you don't comply with this doctor AND he does not like results, you risk a CPS investigation opening on you. You may need to find another doctor who does not find the injury suspicious. That way if this doctor reports you, you can refer the investigator to a new doctor who will hopefully back you up. Unfortunately, you may need to get CT scans on your kid to convince a new...

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  10. What rights are signed away when a divorce waiver is signed in a Uncontested divorce?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Charles Emmerich Hardy
    2. Christine Henry Andresen
    3. Christopher David Bellamy
    3 lawyer answers

    Don't sign it. But you need to file/serve an answer asap; otherwise you are a default. The best thing to do would be to hire a local family attorney to help you. But at the very least, go get a simple one-page answer from the TexasLawHelp website, file it with the court, and serve it on her by faxing to her attorney (if she has one).

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