Monday, April 27, 2009
If you have all lived in Texas for at least 6 months and in the same county for at least 90 days, then you are a resident of that county. If your spouse or significant other, decides to take the kids and leave the state, you need to IMMEDIATELY go hire an attorney and get papers served on the other parent to get them into a Texas court. If you wait 6 months or more then the county you live in loses jurisdiction over the kids. If you have any questions, I charge $100 an hour to sit down and talk to you. It might be will worth your peace of mind.
If you are not seeing your child(ren), please consider hiring a private attorney to assist you. The TX A G will set up child support, but they usually won't make the mother cooperate regarding visits. It is well worth your money to hire an attorney to REPRESENT YOUR BEST INTERESTS. If you are not married to the mom, then if she won't cooperate, you definately need a judge to ORDER her to cooperate. Why not set up child support and visits at the same time? It's quicker than going to the TX A G office.
Friday, April 24, 2009
I get this question from many 17 yr. olds so I thought I'd post my comments again. The TEXAS FAMILY CODE Chapter 31 (available on-line) covers REMOVAL OF DISABILITIES OF MINORITY. Chp. 31.001 cover the requirements - a resident of TX, 16 or 17 yrs. old, self-supporting and managing their own financial affairs. (BF supporting does not qualify!) Chapter 31.002 is regarding the legal document that must be filed - called A PETITION. Must state the name, age and place of residence of the child and the name and place of residence of both parents; reasons why removal would be in the best interests of the child; and the purposes for which removal is requested. Usually a parent has to verify the pleading. Chapter 31.003 is concerning the county to file the document. You file where the child lives. Chapter 31.004 - The Judge SHALL appoint an amicus attonrey or attonrey ad litem to represent the child's interests at the hearing. The only children that usually get emancipated are musicians and athletes. It is done in order that they can sign legally binding endorsements and contracts. The costs prevent most teen-agers from seeking emancipation. Filing fee is approx. $250, attorney to draft the papers would be at least $500, attorney to represent child (appointed by the Judge) can run easily over $500 - anticipate the cost being at least $1,000. Many judges are of the opinion that a 17 yr. old can wait less than 12 months to become an adult.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
I asked a couple of attorneys to write a comment about me on www.avvo.com.
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Saturday, April 11, 2009
On Saturday, May 2, 2009, 4 congregants who have been studying for the past 18 months will participate in the FIRST ADULT B'nai Mitzvah at Houston Congregation for Reform Judaism. If you are interested in attending, just send me an email and I'll be glad to give you additional information. email@example.com