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Thomas Lee Young

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  • Will I be in fought if I notified mother that I'm inabled to excercise possession?

    Thomas’s Answer

    You would need someone to look over your decree to answer that question, however, generally there is a clause in there about inability to exercise possession and the need to inform the other parent and how to inform the other parent. You may have a problem if she files for a modification stating that you can no longer exercise the expanded standard possession order. You both may also agree that periods of possession can change. There is usually language in the decree that states that an agreement by the parties is allowed.

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  • How can I get custody of my son when he has a presumed father?

    Thomas’s Answer

    This is quite a question. Yes, your parental rights could be terminated. Yes, you have time in order to claim him as your child but that is something you may have missed. It sounds like you missed that timeline. However, there are some ways around this but you may be doing more than eventually getting in the child's life. There is also another family you are impacting and you need to take that into consideration before confirming which route you will do.

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  • Can I not allow overnight stays all weekend until my daughter becomes older?

    Thomas’s Answer

    With a child support agreement most likely comes a custody agreement. So even if you file for child support, he can ask for custody of the child under a possession and access order. This is included in a suit to establish the parent child relationship generally on a counterpetition. Even if you go through the office of the attorney general, there will most likely be a custody schedule or a visitation schedule at the end of the document as an exhibit or attachment.

    Establishing the parent child relationship, obtaining child support, and fighting for your child's best interests, even if not a standard possession order to dad, will most likely require an attorney.

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  • Looking for lawyer to file an enforcement for access in child custody case in the 201 district court in Travis county?

    Thomas’s Answer

    A decision to move forward at this point is only on you, if you can prove that she has violated the order 2 or more times you should be entitled to attorney's fees assuming you can prove it. Please contact an attorney, there are steps to go through and particular ways of proving evidence and getting it admitted that you may need help with.

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  • Do I have to get a divorce if I'm common law married and want full custody of my chid?

    Thomas’s Answer

    This is a good question. First, if you were common law married and want to legally separate then you need a divorce. Nothing would be worse than finally meeting that person you want to spend all your life with and realize the other party files for a divorce and you may even be already married again (yes it happens and with more frequency than we speak about).

    Second, no you do not have to be technically divorced before you can file for child custody. Child custody is unique in that the Court has to look at the best interests of the child. The best interests of the child sometimes are to be with one parent even though the parents are still married and not living together. There needs to be a suit establishing the parent child relationship and then the court needs to decide temporarily what it will do and finally, what the final order will look like.

    It may be a long road with things the way they are but it sounds like your best bet is to speak with an attorney and get this complicated situation dealt with.

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  • Is there a way for Attorney General to mandate both sides to use OFW, with no court hearing, if evidence of high conflict?

    Thomas’s Answer

    The OAG cannot do this without a court order. However, if a case is filed and both parents agree, perhaps the OAG can put that in an Order. Generally, that is not the way things work and the OAG has its own forms that they use. The Court however, like my college above stated, is the one that can actually order you both to a parenting application.

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  • Can I go by my self to child support and ask if they can reduce my child support ?

    Thomas’s Answer

    You can get a reduction in child support based off of having another child. You can ask the OAG for assistance, whether they assist you and how long is a different story.

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  • Can a 17 year old in Texas choose where to live?

    Thomas’s Answer

    You do not have a right to keep the child from her parent legally unless there is something going on such as sexual or physical abuse. Then, you have to report that to a law enforcement agency. The parent could sue you in Court, force the return of the daughter, and then get you for attorney's fees. Be careful with this one.

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  • Do I reveal in child support/ custody court ?

    Thomas’s Answer

    I am not quite sure of your question. If you are in a protection program and have to attend court you will want to file to ensure that none of your information is reported to the other party. That means you need to request that your information and your daughters information remain under seal until a judge orders otherwise.

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  • Can I Request Back Pay and A Modified Possession Order For My 1 Year Old If The Case Was Opened By The State?

    Thomas’s Answer

    I agree with Ms. Wiley. You do not need an attorney but the attorney general is there to make sure payments are made and may do a support schedule, they usually do. If the other party does hire an attorney you may want to ensure that you have one. The OAG may also not get all the correct information from the father, such as paystubs, taxes, etc. This can affect how much child support you may receive.

    Just to add my two cents.

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