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Q: Terminating Cal Dom. Partnership

On 8/08/08 my ex and I registered a California domestic partnership. On 6/24/05 our daughter was born. We have been sperated since Feb 2013, but they have lived in my home off and on a few times because the ex can't hold a job. I have paid child support since the separation. I tried to file for a termination but bc of being over five years, and there is a child I have found that I have to file for divorce. We all live in Texas and always have. I have found what I need to file in California, but I don't know what to do about child custody. The ex is now cancelling visitations and not letting me talk to the child very often. The child is 9, I've been in her life since the second she was born and she has my last name. I don't know what County to file, what court, or if I even have a shot. I just don't know what to do and Texas attorneys don't seem to have a solid answer. Please help!

A: Response from Will Halm

I'm sorry this email slipped through the cracks. If you still need assistance, I would contact Deborah Wald in California, or in Texas, the law firm of Moore and Hunt. Please see their information below.

Deborah H. Wald Attorney at Law phone (415) 648-3097 fax: (415) 648-3098 88 Kearny St, Suite 1475, San Francisco, CA 94108

and in Texas:

Connie Moore Moore & Hunt, Attorneys 713-522-4282

Best of luck to you.

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