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Karen L. Marvel
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  • The father wants to put himself on child support, but i do not want to proceed, can the custodial parent deny child support?

    father wants to file for child support, but i dont want to proceed, can i deny child support? cant we just have our own agreement without having a piece of paper stating how much n when he needs to give to support his child or when he is suppose t...

    Karen’s Answer

    A court order protects both of you. It gives you a fallback for a structure if you do not get along. Child support is a duty to support the child -- not for the parent. So it is appropriate that is is monitored by the court and set by the court . Even the amount, if agreed to by the parties, is subject to approval of the court. If people are not married or are no longer married they subject themselves to court oversight for the benefit of their child. That is how our system has been set up to protect children.

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  • Can I do it myself .can't afford lawyer is it hard to do and is there estimate on how long take . is there any hope in remarria

    I've been separated from my spouse for 30yrs and we have not seen nor spoken within such time period .we had 1 child no shared assets but amdel.on child support payments I'm disabled on disability. I can't afford lawyer fees like to do it myself i...

    Karen’s Answer

    I agree with Mr. Leonard. It sounds like this should be an uncontested divorce. If you know where your wife lives or can find her address you can probably do this case simply. Look here on Avvo for a lawyer who does flat fees for uncontested divorces. Save up the money to make the payment. Do as much of the footwork as possible for tracking down your wife to make the lawyer's job easier and it will save you money so you can move forward. Good luck!

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  • What other options are there? When and how can the state just pick this up and run with it? Behind 35k in CS.

    Ex is behind $35k in child support and TXOAG says only outcome if I pursue is jail time with work release. I don't want this because she has another minor child. There's already a set order and everything stating what is to be paid. What other opt...

    Karen’s Answer

    If you have received state assistance for your child like Medicaid or TANF, you assigned the right to collect child support to the state when you applied for benefits. In that case, yes the TXOAG can do whatever they want in collecting child support because they have the right to pursue money owed to the state as well as money owed to you. If there is not money owed to the state, you can terminate the state's assistance (there is a form hidden on their website or you can go to their office and ask for one to convert your case to "registry only" and hire a private attorney to help you with a withholding order. However, in my experience, you won't ever collect what is owed to you without some kind of hammer like jail to help you out. Good luck to you.

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  • Can father avoid extradition & self-surrender to Texas? Can his case be revisited & possibly bond removed & payments reinstated?

    Father attended civil court regarding 15 year child he was not aware but accepted responsibility. He assumed the child was conceived through one night of infidelity from both mother of the child who was in a relationship & alleged father married w...

    Karen’s Answer

    This sounds like a mess. His first mistake was not going back to court. He needs a lawyer who can speak with the Texas judge about recalling the warrant to see if he can self surrender. It is highly unlikely that a Texas court will pay to have him transported from New Mexico -- although the child's mother might do it. The fact he has a wife and 5 other children does not help -- and it's too late to request a DNA test on this child. He needs to just figure out how he is going to pay this case and STOP RUNNING. You can help by finding a lawyer here on AVVO in the county where the case is located who knows the court system and child support very well and is aggressive. Read the answers on these pages and look at their websites. A former assistant Attorney General would be a good choice if available. Good luck.

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  • Is it legal for someone to be put on Probation by the Child Support Office? If so where does that money go?

    My husband pays child support. When he gets behind and is brought back for compliance, the Child Support Office puts him on Probation and makes him pay probation fees every month. It even states on the Order "probation fees" $300.00

    Karen’s Answer

    It is legal to put someone on child support probation in Texas. The fees offset the cost of monitoring his compliance. Only the larger counties have child support probation officers. They can provide job counseling, substance abuse referrals and are there to help people who are behind on child support stay on top of this important obligation. It sounds like your husband keeps getting behind on his support so he obviously needs monitoring. Maybe the two of you should ask for a referral from his probation officer to someone who can help you with working on your budget or spending plan to make sure the child support gets paid first to keep him out of trouble. That's the only bill that can put him in jail. Good luck.

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  • Does the attorney general increase child support without the consent of the noncustodial parent

    I received a letter from the attorney general asking me if I want to request a review of child support I've been on child support for yrs so I'm guessing this is done every 3 years.Do the custodial parent get the same letter.if baby mama req...

    Karen’s Answer

    The AG can adjust the child support if you do not respond to the review request. They still have to give you notice to confirm the adjustment for an increase (or rarely, a decrease) because they have to have it approved by the Court. Be sure and respond and bring proof of your earnings, your expenses, other children you have a legal duty to support (biological child, not stepchild), whether you help a grown child with college expenses or other things that could change things. 90-95% of the cases fall into the guidelines and formulas the AG deals with everyday. If you have special circumstances that justify a deviation from the guidelines, it is worth it to hire an attorney to make your case. Good luck.

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  • Does he still owe child support and if so are we paying it to ourselves since we have the kids?

    husband owed a substantial amount of back child support. almost 4 years ago we got physical custody of the children and then 2 years ago we got legal custody also. At that time the AGs office here in Texas reduced his debt by almost half in exch...

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    Your husband may need to go in person to the Attorney General's office with a certified copy of the death certificate. Even then, you still may need a lawyer. I agree with the previous answers. What you have been doing has not worked. Unfortunately, you keep speaking with a call center and probably not with a child support caseworker handling your case. The AG has over 1 million active case files and does the best they can but your case is an unusual situation. Keep after them. Good luck.

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  • In the state of Tx is there a restriction on backpay & how far it can go back, if a woman waits 11 years to establish paternity?

    My husband was 15 when a girl that was older than him got pregnant. They never established if he was the father her parents told him they did not want him in the childs life. As a 15 year old you are just a minor so he stayed away. Now that the ch...

    Karen’s Answer

    The presumption in Texas is that four years of retroactive child support is in the best interest of the child. There are exceptions to that presumption depending on whether the parent actively avoided the case so support could not be established. Your husband will need to pay current support, medical insurance and support and should establish a relationship with his child -- the sooner the better for all of you. Don't cut off the child because the mother and grandparents made a big mistake 11 years ago by pushing your husband away. Contact an attorney from here on AVVO to advise your husband of his rights and duties. Good luck!

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  • Montgomery GI Bill uses?

    I received a montgomery gi bill last year to pay for school. Instead of paying for my tuition i used it to pay rent, bills and shopping. Can i get in trouble for this? I still have not made any payments towards my tuition.

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    I have tagged this question as "military" because it does not fall into the child support category. Someone in that Questions and Answers section should be able to help you. Good luck.

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  • How much does it cost to establish child support orders these days?

    What is a reasonable cost just to establish orders? Nothing is being contested. Just need to establish orders for a newborn for support, visitation, etc.

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    The filing fees with the court are a little over $300 plus you have to pay for the lawyer's time. I know you say it is "agreed" but there are usually stumbling blocks and I have seen no case with a newborn where the parties who do not live together are in 100% agreement. The rules here on this forum prohibit attorneys from soliciting business. Please look here on Avvo for one of the many Bexar County attorneys who handle parentage establishment and set up an appointment. Good luck.

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