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Can I file a TRO on my own without having to file the temporary orders papers & other papers so I can get my kids back ASAP??

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In april, 2013 i moved to austin from E TX with my 2 children b/c my husband took all the $ out of our joint BA on aug 1st/2012. I didn't have $ to file for divorce and he still won't file b/c he doesnt want to pay CS. My Best Friend offered a place & I knew I could find a good paying job here that would support 2 kids. We had talked a/b moving here since it was a lot closer to his work where he is 2weeks on/2weeks off. Started doing well on my own & he begged me to quit & he wld put $ back & find a place here. I quit, & then he didn't do what he said. Now friend is moving, i don't have $ and told him he would have to take kids bc I couldn't care for them, but didn't mean it. Son is in Kinder here. He actually took them and enrolled them in dallas & staying w/ brother's fam. what do i do??

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  1. No, you cannot file for temporary orders without first filing for divorce or a SAPCR.


  2. You cannot get simply file a TRO. The TRO is part of the process; it only lasts a couple of weeks, followed by temporary orders & ultimately a final order.

    At the temporary orders hearing you can request access to community property to live (& even pay your attorney).

    You also have to figure out a plan. Even with support, where/how are you going to live?

    Good luck!


  3. You need to speak to a lawyer as quickly as you can. There are repercussions to your decision to let your children move to Dallas that need to be deal with immediately, or it will be too late.

    Depending on the timing of these events it might be too late.

    This information is being provided as a general response to your posted question. By providing this response our office is not creating or entering into a lawyer-client relationship with you or anyone who may review this response. In order to enter into a lawyer-client relationship an initial consultation is required.

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