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I have been the non-biological father of a child since the mother was 5 months pregnant. The father is in prison for assaulting the mother and is a convicted child molester. The mother is a detriment to the child and has pending credit card fraud charges. How can I assume custody of the child?

Lawyer's Assistant: Because laws vary from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?

Texas

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Against the mother? Not yet.

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I have witnessed or recieved information on multiple issues regarding the physical and mental safety of the child including alcoholism, possible drug use, and multiple men staying overnight of which have not been characters established enough in either of the mother or child’s life to be considered safe.

Submitted: 4 months ago.Category: Family Law
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Family Lawyer: Phillips Esq., Attorney-at-Law replied 4 months ago
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Family Lawyer: Phillips Esq., Attorney-at-Law replied 4 months ago

I am so sorry to read about this awful situation.

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Family Lawyer: Phillips Esq., Attorney-at-Law replied 4 months ago

You can file "Petition in Suit Affecting the Parent-Child Relationship (SAPCR) by non-parent. Click here for forms and instructions.

Goodluck with your Petition,

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