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  • What is the minimum amount per month can the noncustodial parent in arrearages?

    The father of my child currently owes $ 8000.00. Ive read he has to pay this in no more than 2 years.

    Courtney’s Answer

    Technically, the Family Code does say that an amount to cover arrearages should be withheld in an amount that would pay off the arrearage in two years or in an amount equivalent to 20% of the obligor's current child support obligation—whichever will discharge the arrearage the fastest.

    However, as a practical matter, this is rule is rarely applied as written. I have typically seen arrearages paid back at a rate of $25-$200/month, depending on the circumstances. Sometimes the amount doesn't even cover the interest or just barely covers it.

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  • Im 17 and ive never made a mistake till now I think I got my 16 year old girlfriend pregnant what will happen to me?!

    Will I go to jail? I have a good job can I get in big trouble?

    Courtney’s Answer

    I agree with the other attorney. Technically, having sex with someone under 17 is sexual assault in Texas, but the fact that you aren't more than 3 years older than her means that you have an affirmative defense to prosecution. So, unless there are other facts you haven't described, I can't imagine that you'd go to jail for this. Good thing you have a good job, though. Good luck to you both!

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  • My friend is date a guy 3 years older than her what can happen

    Almost for a year with parents approval

    Courtney’s Answer

    This depends entirely upon the ages of the parties, which you do not mention. Please provide the parties' ages.

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  • What if the your mother husband had no clue he was on your birth certificate, will he still be consider the presumed father?

    If your mother husband is on your birth certificate and you are carrying his last name but he had no clue he was on your birth certificate, he didn't sign any documents, he didn't know you was born, and you never met the guy until you became an ad...

    Courtney’s Answer

    Under these facts, if he isn't voluntarily named on the birth certificate--and you indicated that he had no idea that you were born--then the birth certificate is of no effect. He could still be a presumed father based on the timing of the marriage relative to your birth. Were you born during the marriage or within 301 days thereafter? If so, then he could be a presumed father.

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  • Am i legally responsible for paying half of abortion costs?

    Ex girlfriend had abortion and is saying i could be charged with aggravated rape and kidnapping by planned parent if i dont pay my half.

    Courtney’s Answer

    No, you aren't legally responsible for paying for any portion of abortion costs. Is your ex-girlfriend a minor? I definitely recommend consulting with a criminal attorney if you're being threatened with criminal charges.

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  • Cps is trying toake me leave my home because i failed a drug test but my wife didnt. What do i do

    The allegations were not even on me ,cause the person that made the complaint said my wife was smoking marijuanna but she passed the hair folical and UA. Is this just an attempt to build a case..should i be worried

    Courtney’s Answer

    Yes, you should be worried. You need an attorney. This is very serious, and your failing the drug test could result in your having limited access to your children. Seek legal help immediately.

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  • My friend has 3 children with this man never married,live in texas for 15 years wants to separate from him ,will she be entitled

    to his savings and investments since she is a stay at home mom?

    Courtney’s Answer

    If they are, indeed, unmarried (and there is no common law marriage), then she would be entitled to child support if she is appointed as the primary conservator and if the children are minors. But other than that, all of his property, including savings and investments, would remain his and she would have absolutely no claim to them (or at least not a claim to them based on their living together for 15 years, having children, and her being a stay-at-home mom). It's unfortunate that your friend decided to play house for all this time because she has no protection absent a marriage.

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  • Texas divorce The judge wants an ad litem for my missing husband. I don't want him found, he is a drunk, etc. He will fight

    How hard does the appointed attorney look for the spouse? Is it a formality or he really puts a lot of time and effort into the search, he has been missing for 3 years.

    Courtney’s Answer

    The ad litem is required to make a good faith, diligent search. But of course, one's mileage may vary; not all attorneys have the same standards with regard to what constitutes diligence. Some attorneys may do a quick Internet search or look for a Facebook page while others will actually track down former friends and employers and use investigative databases that are literal storehouses of information. So it's hard to predict what the ad litem will do in your case. I wish you the best, regardless of the outcome!

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  • If I have not gotten served with anything but I've been told by the person that filed the order, do I still have to follow it?

    The father of my kids filed for divorce with my kids under his possession. He claims I grande him the kids but I never did. I let him borrow the kids out of kindness and he quickly filled for divorce putting kids under his custody. Now I'm trying ...

    Courtney’s Answer

    Just to clarify, until there are orders to the contrary, biological parents of a child have equal rights to that child. So to say you let him "borrow" his own children when you currently do not have legally superior rights to them is inaccurate.

    If you're in Montgomery County, you're probably dealing with Standing Orders, which are attached to the divorce petition and which apply in every family law case. While there is an argument that you are not bound by them since you have not yet been served, the school is unlikely to want to get into the nitty gritty of whether you've been served, etc. If you're in Harris County, then it's possible his attorney requested similar orders in the petition and that the Court entered a TRO against the parties. However, it's odd that you saw no judge's signature. You definitely need to take whatever documents you have and consult with a family law attorney who can help you figure out exactly what's going on and take appropriate steps from there.

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  • Can my daughter's dad get custody if she stayed with him after I had surgery for a month and now wants full custody?

    There was an original custody order where I have custody of my daughter and their dad has custody of the boys. It's been over 2 to 3 yrs since this order was in place. I had spine surgery in August so we agreed that he would keep her (13yrs old) u...

    Courtney’s Answer

    In my opinion, the fact that your daughter stayed with her father for a little over a month *in and of itself* is unlikely to get him very far. However, your daughter is at an age where a judge would be required to interview her in chambers if requested. So if she has decided that she would prefer to live with her father and/or if there are other factors at work that might support her living with him, then he may be successful if he seeks a modification. But as I indicated, it is unlikely that his success would be based solely on the fact that he had her for a month after your surgery.

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