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  • How can my ex waive the back child support in Texas . Child is 20 years of age

    In Dallas Texas.

    Karen’s Answer

    The Texas Family Code requires that the child support judgment for the entire amount be confirmed first. Then all or part of the judgment can be released. If it is not done correctly, the release is void under Texas Supreme Court cases (Wiliiams v. Patton, TX Supreme Court 1991) and the Family Code. You need a lawyer with child support experience to draft the motion, order and release of judgment. If your ex is truly in agreement it is a fairly simple process as long as you notify the Attorney General and do not waive any monies owed to the state. Good luck.

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  • My ex never paid his child support ordered by court in our divorce in 1983. Can I sue him now for non payment with grown kids.

    Our children were age 3,6 and 10 when we divorced.

    Karen’s Answer

    There are still many remedies available to you even though your children are grown. For example, child support liens to attach a bank account and wage withholding are still available to collect past due child support for a 1983 court order. Interest accrues on your past due child support until it is paid. The Texas Family Code provides different time periods for the remedies. An experienced child support attorney can help you with these issues. Good luck.

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  • Can I file for back pay child support even though my son is 22.

    My son's father was in jail since I was pregnat. My son is now 22 and his father has been out of jail for 3 years now and is working and making good money. Can I still get back pay child support from him.

    Karen’s Answer

    I agree with all the lawyers but the big question here is: do you already have a court order that required the father to pay child support? If so, you have lots of remedies available to you, like Mr. Thomas set out. If not, your right to ask for child support ended on your child's 22nd birthday, like Ms. Lassiter said.

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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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