Jennifer Renee Cochran’s Answers

Jennifer Renee Cochran

Austin Divorce / Separation Lawyer.

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  1. Terminate parental rights

    Answered 5 months ago.

    1. Jennifer Renee Cochran
    2. Dorothea Elaine Laster
    3. Vicki Elaine Wiley
    3 lawyer answers

    He can try but it is likely that he will not be successful unless you agree. Even then, the court may terminate his rights (possession and access to the child) but may not terminate his obligation to pay child support unless your husband is wanting to adopt. In that instance, the court is more likely to sever all ties.

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  2. How can I file for an annulment on my own and what office or court do I do it in?

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. Jennifer Renee Cochran
    2. M Elizabeth Gunn
    3. William Tyler Moore Jr
    3 lawyer answers

    You need to file an Original Petition to Declare Marriage Void in the county in which you reside as soon as possible. Contact an attorney to help you with the paperwork or a reference librarian at your local law library.

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  3. What do I do when my ex, who is legally obligated to pay for and keep up with our child's insurance, doesn't do so?

    Answered 9 months ago.

    1. Maria Sara Lowry
    2. Sheelah M. Wooten
    3. Jennifer Renee Cochran
    3 lawyer answers

    The order you have should allow you to cover her on your insurance if his coverage lapses. He then must "reimburse" you for her insurance each month. If he pays through the AG, notify them so that they can update their account and withholding order. Also, be sure to notify him in writing that you know have insurance on her and that he owes you $$$ each month for the insurance coverage. I recommend maintaining the insurance yourself so that you know that she always has insurance.

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  4. Can one parent take the child from the other and not tell him where they are living

    Answered about 3 years ago.

    1. Jennifer Renee Cochran
    2. Maria Alicia Lackey
    3. Edgardo Rafael Baez
    3 lawyer answers

    How long has your wife been gone? Did she take your son out of school? If you don't have an order in place, then there's really nothing you can do. I recommend scheduling a consultation with an attorney in your area to find out what your options are. If your wife has left the state for good, you can work with the local court and authorities to have him returned to Texas for visitation at the very least. Either way, time is of the essence and you need to meet with an attorney who can give...

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  5. Where should I go to get the stepparent adoption process started?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Jennifer Renee Cochran
    2. Michele Gentry Hinz
    3. Mark B. Peduto
    3 lawyer answers

    Yes it will affect the adoption. The court requires a home study with the child and your husband as well as a FBI investigation of your husband. Since your husband is in the Army, the FBI investigation will probably not be an issue however the home study certainly is. You can begin the process by working with the biological father and an attorney to terminate his rights.

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  6. Does my ex husband has a right to put my son in a different school if he's not the primary parent of the our child

    Answered 8 months ago.

    1. Dorothea Elaine Laster
    2. Jennifer Renee Cochran
    3. Maria Sara Lowry
    4. Curtis Bennett Ross
    4 lawyer answers

    Refer to the language in your divorce decree that outlines the parental rights for education decisions and also for the primary residence. If you have the right to designate the child's residence, then you make the decision on where your son goes to school. I recommend providing the school with a copy of the order with the language highlighted so that if your ex attempts to withdraw him and enroll him in the other school, the school will not allow him to do so.

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  7. What if the other parent is late for visitation?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Jennifer Renee Cochran
    2. Terresha Deneen Wile Stevens
    2 lawyer answers

    Yes. You must make the child available to the other parent at the court-ordered time even if she's late. You should of course be documenting when she is late, by how much, if she gives any notice and the reason. If it continues, try to work with her on setting a better time for pickups - if she works until 6:30 then try to work with her. If she's late for no apparent reason, let her know that it's really difficult for the child to sit waiting for her. If the behavior continues, you can...

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  8. Unsupervised and over night visitation.

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. Jennifer Renee Cochran
    2. M Elizabeth Gunn
    2 lawyer answers

    Due to the age of your child, the Court will most likely award the Father very little possession until the child is older. Most often with infants, especially infants who are still nursing, the Father has visits with the child in the Mother's home and supervised by the Mother. These visits are short in duration and more frequent - Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday for 2-3 hours. This type of schedule allows the infant to bond with the Father. Overnights will most likely not occur until the child...

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  9. Can my soon to be husband adopt my son?

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. Jennifer Renee Cochran
    2. Steve Fischer
    2 lawyer answers

    Yes you're fiancee is eligible to adopt your child however the father must sign an affidavit relinquishing his rights and you must sign a statement consenting to your fiancee filing a petition for adoption. If everyone is in agreement, the process is simple. You file the petition to terminate and to adopt, a social worker will perform a home study, and then you, your fiancee and child will become a "family" at a hearing where the Judge will sign your adoption decree. If however, the father...

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  10. Where do I stand in a father custody battle? What do I need to do right now? Should I request Temporary Custody? Lawyer options?

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. Jennifer Renee Cochran
    2. Stephen Neil Foster
    3. Curtis W. Harrison II
    3 lawyer answers

    Considering the facts that you have provided, you really are facing an uphill battle as you yourself admitted she is a stay at home and thus the primary caregiver. Oftentimes, the court will award a stay at home as the primary parent due to the young age of the child, the attachment such a young child has to the mother, etc. The Court may order you to move out of the home if she cannot afford a place of her own which means you'll be paying the rent and also child support. You should schedule...

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