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Karen L. Marvel

San Antonio Family Law Attorney.

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  1. What assets are exempt from being seized in a retroactive child support suit.

    Answered 8 months ago.

    1. Karen L. Marvel
    2. Maria Sara Lowry
    3. Mark Allen Land
    4. Sherrie Haussner Travers
    5. Michael Glynn Busby Jr.
    5 lawyer answers

    You need to hire a lawyer. With child support, the only exempt asset is the homestead, everything else is subject to being seized to repay the retroactive child support. You need someone to aggressively represent you and protect you in this delicate situation. Good luck.

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  2. Texas - Lawyer made typo on court order, entering two different child support amounts. We are having difficulty fixing this.

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Karen L. Marvel
    1 lawyer answer

    What you need is called a motion for judgment nunc pro tunc to correct a clerical error. I don't know why the Attorney General can't fix this for you. Make sure your husband has also applied for services with the Attorney General because they assist both parties. The other option is to find a cheaper lawyer in the area who can do it for you for less. Good luck.

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  3. I have been served with a Petition to Modify Parent-Child Relationship and Requests for disclosure. Do I have to file an answer?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Karen L. Marvel
    2. Germaine J Tanner
    3. Lindsey Rae Obenhaus
    3 lawyer answers

    If there is a notice of a temporary orders hearing, you need to appear at that even though it can happen before the 20 days to file an answer has run. If there is a request for temporary orders, I recommend you get a lawyer to represent you on this issue to protect your rights. Temporary orders give the court the authority to make changes at that hearing so you want to be ready. The answers to the request for disclosure are not due until 50 days after the date you were served. Good luck.

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  4. Tx Child support Question

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Bobby Dale Barina
    2. Karen L. Marvel
    3. Mark Anthony Cohan
    3 lawyer answers

    Many times in Attorney General cases (and regular civil cases) the judge will tell the obligor that a lump sum payment will get him/her released. When you come up with the money, contact the Attorney General (or the attorney representing the obligee) before you make a payment. Generally it will be sent to the State Disbursement Unit like all child support but if you don't tell the Attorney General, with over 1 million cases in their system, they won't know he made a payment. Good luck.

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  5. How does a non-agreed child support order work in Texas? Is it enforced through the OAG?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. James R. Jones
    2. Karen L. Marvel
    2 lawyer answers

    When there isn't an agreement, the OAG sets the case for hearing and asks the associate judge to make their proposed agreement an order. You will get notice. You should get a lawyer to rebuff his efforts to get joint physical custody. The OAG does not represent you and although they may be advocating your interests on child support they have no duty to be on your side on any issue. Look here on Avvo for an attorney in your area who has experience with the OAG. Good luck.

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  6. In Texas if I give up my rights do I still pay child support? Haven't seen her at all and she is nine, is something wrong?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Karen L. Marvel
    2. Lee Keller King
    3. David Alexander Browde
    3 lawyer answers

    If the court allows your parental rights to be terminated, your duty to pay current support ends but you still owe any back support. If you want to see your child, you should contact a family law attorney in the county where your court order is located (look here on Avvo for recommendations) and ask about visitation enforcement. You will need to go slow but with Skype and the internet, you can begin to build a bond with your daughter even though you are in Missouri so that she knows you when...

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  7. How much for second child support for two children

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Karen L. Marvel
    1 lawyer answer

    You can prove his income based on your personal knowledge of what he makes. What were the household bills and how were they paid? How much is his car or truck payment. Because you were with him you should know enough to tell the judge about his income. The child support guidelines say he should pay 22.5 percent of his net resources plus health insurance and 50% of uninsured medical bills. You should start the case now by filing for divorce or applying for a child support order with the Texas...

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  8. My exhusband owes 108,000 in back child support by order court i already report it to.. i have not receive any payments from him

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Karen L. Marvel
    2. Keith Alexander Gross
    3. Jimmie Lee J. Brown Jr.
    3 lawyer answers

    The Attorney General is working through Georgia to try and track him down. If your court order is from Texas, call me and let me see if I can help. If not, you need a private attorney in Georgia. Unfortunately, the Texas Attorney General is dependent on what the State of Georgia's child support collection agency can and will do under federal law. If it is a Texas order you have additional remedies the Attorney General cannot do because they do not represent you -- they represent the State of...

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  9. I LEFT MY HUSBAND OVER FIVE YEARS AGO BUT WE HAVE NOT DIVORCED YET. MY YOUNGEST CHILD JUST GRADUATED HIGH SCHOOL CAN I FILE FOR

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Karen L. Marvel
    2. Jordan E. Watson
    3. Lynn G. Winborne
    3 lawyer answers

    The trial court can order retroactive child support in a case where they parties have been separated but not divorced. It is in Texas Family Code 154.009. I have used it successfully in these type of situations before. Be sure you can document your child's needs over the last five years and know what, if any contributions the father made to your child's needs so the court can calculate the support. Then it is repayable as a child support judgment and enforceable in many ways. Good luck.

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  10. Divorce

    Answered 2 months ago.

    1. Lisa M. Vanauken
    2. Dorothea Elaine Laster
    3. Karen L. Marvel
    4. Maria Sara Lowry
    5. Simon Kabzan
    5 lawyer answers

    The duty to pay child support starts on the date set out in the temporary orders. Even without a withholding order, the duty to pay exists. However, the payor may need to pay directly until an account is set up with the Texas State Disbursement Unit. Check with your attorney to find out if the temporary orders and a wage withholding order have been signed by the judge. Step 2 is to make sure the wage withholding order is issued to the employer (1 page request and a $15 fee). Third step is to...

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