Patricia Faye Bushman’s Answers

Patricia Faye Bushman

Houston Family Law Attorney.

Contributor Level 15
  1. Is there any kind of letter that my ex can sign and have a notary sign it stating that I give her money for our kids?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Michael Glynn Busby Jr.
    2. Adam Kielich
    3. Patricia Faye Bushman
    3 lawyer answers

    There are a couple of ways it can be done. A simple statement, notarized (you each keep an original) is easiest, but she can claim you didn't make the payments after you signed. Setting up a joint bank account that is titled "child support" where you make the deposits and she can withdraw can work, and show proof of exactly what you deposited. The best way is to have a child support order, so the state keeps the records and no one challenges them.

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  2. I was married to one woman under john doe and married the 2nd woman under john,doeII in 2008 and divorced the 1st one in aug,09

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. William Tyler Moore Jr
    2. Patricia Faye Bushman
    2 lawyer answers

    If you marry woman 1, then marry woman 2, then you are guilty of bigamy (it doesn't matter what name you use). When the marriage to woman 1 ends, the marriage to woman 2 immediately becomes a valid marriage. (it is void until then). If you want to be sure, either remarry or file the certificate the previous answer suggested.

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  3. Will I be granted an uncontested divorce if spouse lives in a country that doesn't have process servers?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Howard M Lewis
    2. Michael Glynn Busby Jr.
    3. Patricia Faye Bushman
    3 lawyer answers

    I agree with attorney Busby. However, if you know where he is, you will need to have him served. There are ways to do it. Call a good family law attorney to get it done right.

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  4. What if my ex-husband doesn't answer the modification of child custody? What is my next step?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Fran Brochstein
    2. Patricia Faye Bushman
    3. Katherine Elizabeth Flood
    3 lawyer answers

    If he failed to answer a properly served modification petition, then a default Order should be entered. This is a complex area and you should really talk with a good family law attorney.

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  5. Would I be able to receive child support?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Patricia Faye Bushman
    1 lawyer answer

    You should be able to modify the Order to have him pay support. The adult children are out of the equation, and don't effect the support. Contact a good family law attorney in your area to explore your options. Good luck.

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  6. My husband owes back child support. Can the state of Texas take my return if we don't file together?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Patricia Faye Bushman
    1 lawyer answer

    Technically, since Texas is a community property state, 1/2 of your refund is his and therefore subject to seizure. Practically, if he is not on the return, they will probably not garnish it as they track things through his social security number. If they do garnish your return, you have some defenses and should contact a good family law attorney in your area to help. Good luck.

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  7. What can I do if my ex has moved and has not notified me of her whereabouts...

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Patricia Faye Bushman
    1 lawyer answer

    You can file an enforcement. The court's take these things very seriously. Talk with a good family law attorney about your options.

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  8. At what age may a child in Texas legally choose which parent they want to live with?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Roberto Lopez Jr.
    2. William Tyler Moore Jr
    3. Patricia Faye Bushman
    4. Charles William Butcher
    5. Mysti Dawn Neal Murphy
    5 lawyer answers

    A child can legally decide where she/he wants to live at age 18 (when no longer a child). At age 12, if someone requests it, the Judge has to interview her, but the Judge will decide custody issues based on what the judge thinks is best for the child. Most judges give a lot of weight to what a 16 year old wants, but they don't have to do it. For custody to change, a modification must be filed and granted by a judge. If you think your mother will fight the change, then I would not suggest...

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  9. How do i gt the child support, off of me cause, i dont owe any thing

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Patricia Faye Bushman
    2. Terresha Deneen Wile Stevens
    2 lawyer answers

    Just because you don't get to be in the child's life, doesn't mean you don't owe support. Talk to a good family law attorney in your area to see what your options are. Good luck.

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  10. What is considered neglect in Child Protective Service

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Howard M Lewis
    2. Patricia Faye Bushman
    3. Fran Brochstein
    3 lawyer answers

    Abandonment is leaving your child somewhere with no intent to return. One day is usually not enough. Has there been other CPS cases? Get a good family law attorney. CPS is not your friend. Good luck to you.

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