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Julie Ann Lightfoot Lucio

Richardson Divorce / Separation Lawyer.

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  1. What should I do if a child was coerced before they was interviewed by a child custody evaluator?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Stephen Andrew Hamer
    2. Julie Ann Lightfoot Lucio
    3. Anneshia Miller Grant
    3 lawyer answers

    A skilled social worker will be able to see signs of "coaching". Kids don't typically know how to hide it that well. THey tend to use words and phrases that sound very "adult". THey also may seem very zealous about telling on one parent or other. If you suspect coaching, it is very helpful to tell the person who is interviewing that you suspect coaching is taking place and why you suspect it. It sounds like you are in a heated battle if you are at the point that children are talking to...

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  2. How can my Sister who is house wife cant do any job, force her husband to arrange home and give financial support to her & Kids

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Brian Douglas Walters
    2. Julie Ann Lightfoot Lucio
    3. Keith G Langer
    3 lawyer answers

    It is important to determine if her husband ever lived in Texas. If he has not, he can still be ordered to pay child support through UIFSFA but he may not be forced to pay spousal maintenance. This is a sticky situation. You really need to consult with a family law attorney.

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  3. How do i find out when my court date for child support is?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Julie Ann Lightfoot Lucio
    2. Edgardo Rafael Baez
    2 lawyer answers

    If you got a summons from the Attorney General's office, you should see a cause number on the paperwork. You can simply look up the cause number on the county Districk Clerk's website. If you have a hearing set, generally you are served with a petition and notice of hearing. Many times a formal hearing isn't scheduled but instead a meeting with the Attorney General is set. It is VERY important that you understand that the Attorney General is not a judge and cannot force you to agree with...

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  4. Family Law-divorce reopened because of failure to follow Court's orders

    Answered about 5 years ago.

    1. Eli Zev Ilionsky
    2. Julie Ann Lightfoot Lucio
    2 lawyer answers

    If you have not filed a Motion to Enforce the prior order and served him with that same motion and court date, you will not be able to enforce it with contempt in Texas. Since you are incurring penalties, etc. I think it would be best that you find a competent family lawyer to handle the case. If you are able to prove he has violated the court order, he will be again ORDERED to follow the divorce decree and will likely be assessed your attorney's fees.

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  5. Can my husband get proof from the custodian parent as to what she spends the child support money on ?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Julie Ann Lightfoot Lucio
    2. Ronald Anthony Sarno
    2 lawyer answers

    As a Texas family lawyer, I can say that typically the courts are not going to get involved in micro-managing a mother's child support. In Texas, the party that is awarded child support has the exclusive right to receive those funds and spend them as they see fit. A mother may need assistance paying her rent or bills, putting gas in the car or other. The only reason it would be relevant would be if you feel that she was neglecting the children by not providing food, clothing, or shelter....

  6. If I use my inheritance to purchase property is my spouse intitled to the property ? We are in the process of a divorce.

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Julie Ann Lightfoot Lucio
    1 lawyer answer

    If your divorce is pending in Dallas county, there are standing orders that are automatically in place upon the filing of a divorce case. One of the orders prohibits either party from purchasing anything other than basics for living expenses and attorney's fees. Buying a house before the divorce is finalized could be done, but you would need to get the court's approval. Inheritance is considered separate property but in Texas, there is a presumption of community property, meaning that if you...

  7. In a divorce what recourse does someone have if the other party fails to come into the attorney's office or goes "missing" ?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Julie Ann Lightfoot Lucio
    1 lawyer answer

    If there is no property or children, this should be fairly easy. A party does not have to sign the final divorce decree. It sounds like a decree was agreed upon by the attorneys and drafted but no official trial was conducted. The best way to have your divorce finalized would be to have the case set for a trial date. Since she had counsel and is aware that a case is pending, she is "on notice." Her attorney needs to be notified of the trial date and when the date comes, and she fails to...

  8. If I file for divorce in TX, spouse lives in NC. Does she have to hire a TX attorney to contest? Or a NC attorney?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Julie Ann Lightfoot Lucio
    2. Dana Sherrill Lahbabi
    2 lawyer answers

    Whichever state the divorce is filed in, any attorneys appearing will need to be licensed to practice law in that state, with the exception of some special circumstances that are likely not practical in this case. If there are no children and little assets, the case will likely be uncontested. In Texas, a party cannot contest the divorce action but can contest the proposed property division or terms for the children. You have no children and little property, therefore your wife will have a...

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