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  • Child support...

    Who has jurisdiction over me if I currently live in TX and the child support order(s) originated from different states. Keep in mind I never at any time lived in the other states while i was active duty navy. I was told once I move to whatever sta...

    Karen’s Answer

    Thomas gave a brilliant answer but I am going to add this. Two states have jurisdiction over you at the moment: the state that issued the original child support order and Texas, where you live now. Either state can enforce the child support order. If the child and a parent still live in originating state, that state can modify order. As my dear friend George White said, there are a lot of lawyers here in San Antonio with extensive interstate experience who can help you with these issues.

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  • After divorce found out about exhusbands accounts which he was hiding at the time of divorce.can i file a case against him

    just want to know can i win if i file acase we were married for 15 years and have two kids

    Karen’s Answer

    There is not enough information here to give you an answer. It depends on when you were divorced and the kind of information that was exchanged by the attorneys during the discovery process. Did you do sworn inventories or answer interrogatories or requests for production? Did you represent yourself? I strongly suggest you talk to a lawyer in your area who can advise you on the timelines and whether the concealment of accounts is worth pursuing at this point. Sometimes even if you find a hidden asset it is not worth the time and trouble to go and get it. Good luck to you.

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  • Can my daughter come live with me?

    Recently my wife and I have split up. My 16 year old daughter, 17 in May wants to live with me now and has been talking about running away. She has been in the hospital twice for suicide attempts and attends therapy. She calls me crying saying tha...

    Karen’s Answer

    See a lawyer now! This child is crying for help. What everybody else has said is correct but it sounds like you do not have representation. If you do and if there are orders in place, ask for a modification. We have all seen a teen manipulate the parent she is not living with but with the hospitalizations you have a lot of issues here that do not sound like her just trying to see which parent will give her the best deal. Please take action. Borrow money to get a lawyer! Good luck.

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  • Ex husband owes $95k in child support & Tx Attorney General has done nothing about it after 13 years. What else can I do?

    My ex-husband is $95,000 in arrears on court ordered child support. Over the years I've filed for enforcement & parent locator help with no reply or replies saying they're unable to find non-custodial parent. He always gets jobs where taxes aren't...

    Karen’s Answer

    I suggest you take your case to your local state representative and state senator. They have liason staff who work with the Attorney General's office who will look into your case to see why your ex is not on the Top 10 Evaders List. Also, call the troubleshooters at one of the TV stations. This is the kind of case they love to see. They can hunt this guy down. This guy thumbs his nose at the system but he needs to be taken down so get the sheriff and the TV station and your state rep to help the AG nab him. Good luck!

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  • Can I change my CHild support enforcement order from Fl to TX

    My ex husband was obligated to pay every month by Florida courts. He is now in NC (Army) and I am in Texas (Veteran). He is not consistent with his payments. I am wondering if I can transfer the support order from FL to Texas and have Texas en...

    Karen’s Answer

    Because father is in the Army the easiest thing to do is get the Florida court to issue a wage withholding order to the Army to garnish his child support. The withholding order should already be on file or very cheap and easy to do - not $3000. Or you can call his commanding officer and have an allotment issued. Texas does not have personal jurisdiction over him under the facts as you described them (unless he is a Texas resident or the child was born in Texas or he lived with the child in Texas) so transferring the case to Texas does not help you. Keeping the case in Florida and having Florida enforce it in North Carolina or transferring it to North Carolina are your best bets.

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  • I am being sued by the state of TX!!!

    A constable came to my home with a citation. The citation states I am being sued by the state of TX, and I have 20 days after I received the citation to write a final answer. I'm assuming I am being sued for child support although my childs fathe...

    Karen’s Answer

    Without reading the document it sounds like the State of Texas is seeking recovery of Medicaid money expended for your child because you have split custody. They may have also served your child's father. This may have been brought by the Attorney General's office. You need an attorney with extensive experience with the Attorney General and child support. Look here on Avvo for what you need. This is not as scary as it sounds. The State has a duty and a right to recover payments from parents when children receive state assistance like Medicaid. Good Luck.

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  • How can I collect child support

    In may the judge ordered my ex husband to pay 475 plus monthly insurance for our child. To date he has paid nothing. The attorney general has been of no help in collecting this money. And I have limited resources. I believe I have to file a motion...

    Karen’s Answer

    The Harris County Domestic Relations Office works with the Attorney General and shares the caseload. They may be able to help in your case. Here are a couple of fast solutions while you are waiting for court: do you know where he works? If so, you can have the employer's order that (presumably) was filed with your decree issued to the employer for the current support. Get your tax return filed and use the refund to hire a private attorney if the Harris County Domestic Relations Office cannot help. Private attorneys are fast and aggressive and the attorney's fees are mandatory. Good luck.

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  • I need a child support lawyer

    I haven't worked in over 2 years because of being laid off and then some minor health issues. I moved back to Ohio and notified the AG office that I was doing so, in the middle of all this I missed a court date that I thought would be changed due...

    Karen’s Answer

    Sometimes the Attorney General will withdraw a warrant if you contact them and make a payment. The key term is "make a payment." Beg and borrow to come up with some money. Find out the amount of the cash bond on the warrant and then ask if you pay that, will they recall the warrant and let you come to court. The AG wants child support money. They prefer not to have to put you in jail to get it. Good luck.

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  • What does "Notice of Order Rule 306A" mean?

    This notice shown above was posted on the county records divorce case, on the same day that the decree was signed by a Judge, both attorneys and self, ex-husband did not attend that day, was told he didn't have to. This notice of order rule 306A ...

    Karen’s Answer

    Everybody else has adequately answered this but here is the Bexar County perspective: our district clerk sends out notices to anybody who has ever appeared in the case if the attorney did not withdraw (hence a lawyer from 2 years ago getting a notice). Your ex may have gotten notice because he appeared at some point in time without a lawyer. As long as you know what order was signed, you don't need to worry about this. Good luck.

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  • Insterstate Child support and Back child support would i qualify for?

    I applied for Cs in La, in 2004 so the dad was incarcerated at the time but the judge gave a judgement but it said $0 since he didnt have an income. I live in TX i have a copy of the order and acknowledgement of paternity, Dad has been working now...

    Karen’s Answer

    If the father has never lived in TX, Louisiana has jurisdiction, which I believe you know based on your statement. If you don't want to wait for the interstate offices in Texas and Louisiana to do their thing the only thing you can do is hire a private attorney in Louisiana. I know you are going to say you cannot afford one but you may not have a choice. I have seen these types of cases take 9 - 12 months. Good luck.

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