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Marissa Lyn Balius-Uribe

Marissa Balius-Uribe’s Answers

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  • I need advice on what to do

    my dad doesn't pay child support but once every 3 months which keeps us from getting more money in food stamps and medicaid and my younger brother is a type 1 diabetic who is insulin dependent.Medicaid doesnt pay for the things he uses every month...

    Marissa’s Answer

    If you have a court order that requires him to pay child support then someone needs to hire an attorney to file an enforcement action against him for non payment of child support. If you do not have a court order then you need to get one. The Attorney General offers services for both child support establishment and enforcement if you cannot afford to retain an attorney. If there is a child support order and he is working, the Attorney General can issue a wage garnishment order so that the child support comes out of his check.

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  • Non custodial parent filed child support

    My childs father filed child support, he has a criminal record & drug abuse. Will he be able to get visitations if he has threatened me? He has not provided for my child at all. I have filled out a affidavit of nondisclosure. what does this mean?

    Marissa’s Answer

    An Affidavit of Nondisclosure is something the Attorney General's office uses when there is an allegation of family violence. The Attorney General will not include any information about the Custoidal Parent or the child other than their names on pleadings, waivers and orders. If the father contests the nondisclosure then the Court will determine whether the information should be disclosed or not. It is possible that he will be able to get visitation with the child. It is very important that you retain an attorney to help you through this process. The Attorney General's Office does not represent you or your child's interest, only the interest of the State of Texas, and they cannot advocate on your behalf for custody or visitation.

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  • Child custody

    i have legal custody of my child but my ex has taken her out of texas and moved to new mexico with out my permission and enrolled her in school can i call the schools to see if she is enrolled she is only 4 years old ,andi would like to recover my...

    Marissa’s Answer

    If the order granting you legal custody is a Texas order and your ex is violating the Court order by removing her from the state and hiding her from you then you need to seek a habeas corpus in the court of continuing jurisdiction (the court that issued the last court order regarding the child). You will have to be able to locate your ex in order to serve her with the habeas corpus. Time is of the essence so act quickly. Additionally I would contact law enforcement in your area.

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  • Trouble trying to get the Texas Attorney General to consolidate my child support in with Pro Se divorce case. Can do it myself?

    I went to court and the judge told me that he would have granted my divorce had it been consolidated. I have submited the information to the Attorney General and now all I get is the run around. My childerns father is owes more than $10,000 in bac...

    Marissa’s Answer

    If your AG case and your divorce are in the same county I suggest you make an appointment with the Managing Attorney in the Attorney General's office where your case is located. Bring all of the information regarding your divorce ie. petition for divorce, final decree etc. and the information regarding your AG case ie. final orders and explain what you need. Typically the AG will intervene into the divorce and file a Motion and Order to consolidate the cases. When you contact the AG's office you may just be talking to someone on customer service who has no idea what to do. The Attorneys in the office will know exactly what to do with the case and will also let you know if the Final Decree of Divorce needs anything to satisfy the AG's requirements.

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  • Wont let us see the child what can we do?

    My husband had a child 11 years ago,and he found out the chuld was his when she was 3 years old.She collected child support from 3 men from 2005/2006 and one of the man was including myu husband,she was getting welfare and every government assista...

    Marissa’s Answer

    If there is a court order that specifies a visitation schedule for your husband and the child's mother is violating the schedule then there are options available through the court system to enforce the order. As far as child support is concerned- in Texas it is calculated based on a formula that takes into consideration other children your husband has a legal obligation to support, the cost of medical insurance for the child and your husband's income. While the Court can consider other factors, the factors you listed are generally not taken into consideration in calculating regular monthly child support.

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  • What i do about when i feel like the state of texas isn't helping me to get my childsupport

    i had put childsupport on my kids daddy three years ago everytime i call the childsupport office they tell me i have to give him a month then call back they even got him on probation for ten years. when i call him he tell me he talk to him. the th...

    Marissa’s Answer

    You can always hire a private attorney to assist you in your collection efforts. As far as your issue with the child support office- I assume you are talking about the Office of the Attorney General- I suggest you call and schedule a meeting with the office Ombudsman (customer liason). Each office has one so don't let them tell you they don't. Express your concerns to the Ombudsman and find out why you are not getting child support regularly and have them explain to you what they are doing to collect your child support and what they plan to do to get him paying regularly. You can always contact your Texas Legislators (senator and representative) to get assistance in dealing with the Attorney General. If you are not dealing with the Attorney General and are dealing with a local county child support office then open a case with the Attorney General.

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  • My son just turn 18,i pay 445 chidsupport and back childsupport of 130 totaling 575.00 a month.So i call the child support and

    they told me its going to stay the same till i finish paying it off.I thought they were just gonna take the 130 of back pay.What can i do in this situation,i have 5 more kids of my own to support besides my 18 yr old.

    Marissa’s Answer

    Is there a court order stating that you will pay a total of $575 per month until the obligation is paid in full? If not, you can request they schedule a review and plead your case to lower the monthly payment on the back child support. Whether they will even consider it depends on how much you owe and how much money you make. Their job is to collect all of the retroactive support as quickly as possible. If you agreed in a court order to continue to pay $575 per month until the obligation has been paid in full it will be more difficult to get them to do anything.

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  • Is it to late to try to collect for back child support?

    My ex-husband lied to me and his daughter about where he was employed and never modified my child support to higher income for over 10 years, I had no choice to have his child support modified after getting laid off from my job of 10 years, this i...

    Marissa’s Answer

    In Texas the Court can not retroactively modify an existing child support obligation. The Judge can only modify child support back to the date that the opposing party is served with the Petition to Modify Support or his first appearance in court. It is completely in the Court's discretion whether it will be modified back to the date of first appearance or service. That is why the Attorney General reviews child support orders for their applicants every 3 years.

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  • Unwed mother with a 2 month old child; father wants a paternity test. Do I have the right to refuse the paternity test.

    I live in the state of Texas. The child's father wants to see the child and take her to visit his other children. I told the father he could see the child but only supervised by me, in a public place, until the child is older. Also, he wants to...

    Marissa’s Answer

    Is he listed as the child's father on the birth certificate because you were married to him or because the two of you signed an Acknowledgement of Paternity? If so, he has the same rights that you have as a parent. If not, without a court order he does not have any rights because he is not the child's legal father. I suggest you consult with an attorney about the best way to handle this.

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  • I'm going through a child support review, and the mother of my child wants more money. Can I please get more advise how it works

    Hi, I received a letter in the mail from child support review, and I know the mother of my child wants more money. I do make more money now then I did when I was first put on child support, but now I have my wife and 2 children I'm supporting my f...

    Marissa’s Answer

    I suggest that you not go to the child support review meeting without an attorney. Also note there is nothing that requires you to go to one of these meetings, unless you have been served with a citation to appear in court. If you choose to move forward without counsel and attend by yourself be prepared. The person that you will meet with at the Attorney General's Office will require you to sign a variety of documents which may not be in your best interest- read them all and make sure you understand them before signing. The person conducting the CSRP conference most likely will not be an attorney. Many of the workers are very experienced and know what they are doing, but many are not. You need to do your own child support calculation before you go. I suggest paying an attorney a consultation fee or their hourly rate to review your income documents and tell you what you should be paying in child support before you go. The AG employee conducting the conference will review the documents you bring with you and the information reported by your employer to the Texas Workforce Commission to determine what they believe your income is and what your child support obligation should be. They should ask you if you are providing medical insurance for the child and the cost of the insurance for the child only. The insurance cost is not a dollar for dollar credit from your child support obligation but does reduce your net monthly resources. If you and the mother of the child agree to the child support amount then they will prepare a CSRP order for you to sign. Again, this is an obligation that will last until the child is 18 or graduates from high school whichever is last so do your homework before you go and be careful about what you sign. Child support in Texas is calculated based on a set percentage of your net monthly resources- unless the other children you support are your biological kids or unless you have legally adopted them then the fact that you support them will not be taken into consideration. If they are your children (bio or adopted) then that will adjust the percentage of your net income you pay in child support. The Attorney General reviews child support cases every three years to determine if they are in compliance with Texas Child Support Guidelines so they are doing what is required of them.

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