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  • So I need a better attorney?

    My son is 1 years old and his father has temp full custody and I have visitations supervised by my mom. Her and my ex have completely taken over and I feel like I'm losing him. I had been addicted to pills and went to a 28 day rehab and completed ...

    Jennifer’s Answer

    I think sometimes when clients have difficult circumstances such as yours the worst thing the clients can do is switch attorneys. First it doubles the cost because you have to pay the new attorney to review all the pleadings and it takes time to understand all the facts. Second your facts won't change just because you have a different attorney. Third just because you change attorneys doesn't mean the judge will change. You have supervised visitation because when you came to court you had a drug problem. While its commendable that your getting help and following court orders it doesn't sound like your quite ready for full custody of your child. That is not to say you won't be once there is a final trial. You need to remember that the order your under is just temporary. Which means you have time to build up a solid record of staying clean being stable and working with your ex and mother to focus on being the best parent you can be. Focus on what is in the best interest of your child not what is in your best interest and you will be fine. Hang in there and good luck.

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  • In Texas if parental rights are terminated due to incarceration is the inmate notified of this?

    My bf has been in prison for 12 years and had a life sentence - how does he know if his parental rights were terminated? (these are kids from a previous marriage) In his divorce it states that the parents are to notify each other of there whereab...

    Jennifer’s Answer

    If the mother commenced suit to terminate based on incarceration she would be obligated to serve your boyfriend with the lawsuit. So he should receive notice if that was done. Providing notice to the court is a self compliance issue. If he was represented by counsel in the divorce then he needs to notify his attorney of her noncompliance. Hope this helps.

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  • Will this look bad on me in court?

    I have joint custody of my daughter and I get her ever first, third, and 5th friday. Her hair is absolutely dead, down to her bottom, and really needs at the very least a good trim. Today she finally said she would like her hair just a bit shorte...

    Jennifer’s Answer

    What does cutting your daughters hair have to do with court? Are you in a custody fight? If so, speak to your attorney about your concerns first. If you don't have one, you have done your part in conferring and just because you dont agree does not mean you can't get your daughters hair cut.

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  • Can I file a lawsuit for my ex stating in a magazine that our son is not mine but her ex-husbands?

    I found out about my son after a brief teenage fling served me with Child support paper work when he was 8 years old. I took a DNA test and he is my son. I have 50/50 custody of him now but she still refuses to aknowledge me as my son's father and...

    Jennifer’s Answer

    There is a cause of action in Texas for publishing false personal information about another. It is a form of invasion of privacy. I would need to review all the documents and speak with you to determine whether filing suit would benefit you. You can email or contact my office for an appointment. Good luck.

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  • Can subpoenas be served via certified mail in Texas Civil/Divorce cases?

    There are 40 people that need to be subpoenaed. Personal service would be hard work. Can we use certified mail return receipt instead? If so which TRCP Rule?

    Jennifer’s Answer

    No. Subpoenas must be personally served.

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  • Court date on 10/22/12. how can i find a lawyer that is willing to accept $1ooo down and work with me on payments for child cust

    In March 2010, I was using marijuana while pregnant. CPS took my 9yr old son and he was placed with his father.my 2 little girls,ages 2 and 4 currently, were placed with there grandmother. In November 2010, the case was closed and I got my 2 littl...

    Jennifer’s Answer

    If your close to north richland hills i can help you. Contact my office for an appointment or email me directly.

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  • My mother made a dying declaration of who my biological father is. He is denying. I'm an adult in TX, what do I do next?

    I am 27 years old and in the state of Texas. My mother made a dying declaration that my dad aka the man she married and who signed my birth certificate, is not my biological father. My father is a very wealthy business owner in my community. I spo...

    Jennifer’s Answer

    You need an order for a paternity test from a district court judge. So you can either speak with the attorney general office child support division or hire counsel and file suit to determine parentage. In Texas, the man who signed the birth certificate is presumptively the father. And if you were born during marriage,your mothers husband at the time is also presumptively the father. You would need evidence to rebut these presumptions. Contact an attorney to assist you. Good luck.

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  • Is it best to tell your spouse that you're filing for a divorce before he's served the papers

    or do you just have him served

    Jennifer’s Answer

    Strategically, its best to serve him first. Otherwise you risk him filing and serving you first. In most contested cases, the person who files first wins. Good luck.

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  • Does my 13 year old son have the right to choose to live with his grandparents? Or can i make him come back home?

    My 13 year old son went to live with his grandparents 6 weeks ago when school started i let him go and only signed papers for school saying he's staying with his grandparents for the school year. the only reason i did this was to make him happy he...

    Jennifer’s Answer

    It depends on whether there are prior orders in your case. You can make him come home if the grandparents don't already have court ordered rights to possession. If you wait too long the grandparents will have standing to sue for conservatorship. You should consult with a lawyer. Good luck.

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  • Dissolving Child Custody and Child Support order

    Hey guys, I am hoping this is fairly cut and dry. My son's mother and I had a court order done 12 years ago when we split, but after doing a wonderful job co-parenting together for the last 12 years we really want the court system out of our live...

    Jennifer’s Answer

    The court is correct on filing for modification. the court will likely sign off on an agreed order that allows equal distribution of rights, duties and possession. You can also agree to no child support unless the attorney general is involved in your case. an uncontested modification can be done rather quickly and inexpensively. I am in north richland hills if you would like to come in for a free consult. 817-605-0156. Good luck!

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