If you are in Harris County, it is now almost impossible to get a protective order (in the past 2 years).
So hire a tough, smart family law attorney immediately. Quit trying to negotiate with this man on your own. Turn it over to someone that knows the court system!
I absolutely agree with the other attorney - get a drug test. Don't tell him that you are going to do this so that he can try to "beat" it. You will have to do one too so save your money & be prepared to do so. Don't eat any poppy seeds or take any allergy medication because that can alter the test! (Do internet research on this topic.)
Look on this website & hire an attorney that you trust. Look around. Ignore the rating system since many excellent attorneys have not "claimed" their listing. Many offer a free consultation either over the phone or in person. Many offer payment plans.
You must protect your child! Good luck!
Fran Brochstein has over 20 years legal experience & enjoys educating the public about Texas laws. She is a full-time family law mediator in the Houston area. If you found this answer "helpful" or "best answer", please select the button to show your appreciation. Please understand that this is not a personal consultation and in no way creates an attorney-client relationship. You are strongly encouraged to consult with an attorney in your county in person about your specific legal problem. You can contact her at 713-805-9591 - 7 days a week - her personal cell phone.
I am in agreement with Ms. Brochstein for the most part. If you were denied a PO by the court, then that is settled, but if you applied to the DA's office and were turned down, that is another story and I wouldn't be as discouraging about your chances to obtain one. It would just require private counsel to get it before the court.
I would be less concerned about his threats to take you to court and more concerned about taking him to court. He does not appear to be in a good position to proceed either way. You need some orders, however, and to be counseled on your options until this is accomplished.
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