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  • My ex- husband adopted my two children, is he still responsible for child supprt?

    My ex-husband legally adopted my two children 4 yrs ago, does he still pay child support or is he able to terminate rights, one is 17 and the other 13, and he is in prison for 5 yrs, will he owe back pay ?

    Sharon’s Answer

    I am assuming there is a court order for him to pay child support. If so, yes, he has to support them. Yes, you can get back support. The Attorney General's office should be able to help you. If you are not divorced and/or you do not have an order for him to pay support, he may still have legal responsibility for certain expenditures for the children. However, the best option for you, in that event, is to get a support order--the Attorney General can help you with this, as well, if you are on public assistance.

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  • Do I have choice to see my dad when I want

    my dad is very neglect the point of me visiting my dad is to bond but instead I go there and sit in a room I can't watch t.v and I only eat twice a day and ive been grounded since the 6th grade yet I'm 15 now and I'm just tired of dealing with tha...

    Sharon’s Answer

    There are some judges that believe a child of your age should have a choice, but I agree with the previous answer that you will need the court order changed or you risk that your mother will be held in contempt for her failure to force you to go. As a more practical answer, have you considered telling your dad how you feel? Or, have you suggested some activities that you would like to do with him? If you have not tried that approach, please give it a chance so he will not be so surprised when you refuse to go with him.

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  • My landlord says I have until this Friday to vacate due to my family staying from Louisville for 1 week. Is this legal?

    My family is vacationing for 2 weeks here in Corpus from Louisville, and I offered to let them stay with me to save on hotel costs and to spend more time with them. My landlord says that my brother and his wife have BEEN living here, took pictures...

    Sharon’s Answer

    You are not clear as to whether you have already been served with an eviction notice or whether the landlord has taken you to justice court to evict you? If there is an order from a court for you to vacate, you need to do that. If not, the terms of your lease control whether the landlord has the right to evict you. Landlord-Tenant laws are very detailed and give considerable protection to a tenant who is being wrongfully evicted. You should consult with a lawyer who handles landlord-tenant disputes to be sure of your rights. However, typically, a landlord can evict a tenant if the tenant has someone else living in the premises who is not on the lease or otherwise approved by the landlord. Consider asking the landlord what you would need to do to allow your family members to stay. Perhaps there is a compromise that would satisfy the landlord and allow your family to stay with you.

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  • Can a 17 year old move out and live with another family in Texas without their parents permission?

    My friend is 17 (18 in 6 months). He wants to live with me because his father (who he's currently living with) emotionally abuses him and isn't there most of the time anyway (his dad goes to Juarez because he has a girlfriend and child there). I w...

    Sharon’s Answer

    He may qualify to be legally emancipated. I would need more information to answer that question. Another option is for someone to report the abuse to Child Protective Services. That can, sometimes, be very unpredictable, however. Another option is for him to leave and take his chances that his father will not do anything. However, the possible consequence of his taking that action is that he may be reported as a runaway and the police will come for him. If that were to happen, he would need to show proof of the abuse. This is the kind of case where he really needs to consult with a lawyer who can inquire into all the facts and help him develop a plan that will be successful. I am sure he is not in a position to pay for such an attorney, so he might consider going to legal services. If he has not talked to his school counselor, that is also something he should do because the counselor might be able to help him understand his options.

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  • How can I collect child support my ex is a barber nd hides money but he owes me 29k in back support

    My ex owes me 29k in child support he is self employed as a barber and always claims to make no money. I have a court date in May of 2010 and know he will use the same excuse what can I do?

    Sharon’s Answer

    You do not say whether you are represented or the Attorney General's office is handling the case. Either way, when the issue is proving how much a self-employed person makes, I usually look to evidence of what they spend. As an extreme example, if the person drives a nice car, lives in a nice house, takes vacations, eats out, wears nice clothes, etc., the money must be coming from somewhere and they are either spending cash or using credit cards. I make sure to get all bank statements and credit card statements. I also get a credit report. These are few of the ways I can show the judge that the person is spending more than he or she claims to be making. I hope this is helpful, but feel free to ask a follow up question or contact my office for an appointment.

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