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Sheila O'Connor Allen

Corpus Christi Family Law Attorney.

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  1. Do I have to pay 50% of the dental costs if the custodial parent isnt taking the children to the dentist for yearly checkups?

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. Sheila O'Connor Allen
    2. Thomas James Daley
    2 lawyer answers

    The Office of the Attorney General has interpreted the Family Code as requiring health care coverage only - they do not require dental care in their orders, and their policy is supposedly to only enforce the 50% co-share of medical expenses only, not dental expenses. Your Divorce Decree is the governing document. What does it say about dental ? Does it only state 'medical' expenses ? The morally correct thing is to pay 50% of the unreimbursed costs of dental care. The legal requirement...

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  2. Void Divorce Judgment Rendered, but how to stop it from being Entered?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. William Tyler Moore Jr
    2. Fran Brochstein
    3. Jason Semaan Bashara
    4. Sheila O'Connor Allen
    4 lawyer answers

    I agree that the Judgment has to be final in order to appeal. However, are you SURE that the court lacks jurisdiction. Be careful - obviously the court disagrees with you. Why do you believe that jurisdiction lies elsewhere ? Also, was this a decision by an Associate Judge? If so, you have a few days after the Judgment is signed, to ask for a trial de novo from the referring court (the District Court Judge who occupies the bench in that Court; cases may be referred to an Associate Judge or !V-...

  3. Does he have the right?

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. Thomas James Daley
    2. Sheila O'Connor Allen
    3. Alan James Brinkmeier
    3 lawyer answers

    If you have child support ordered, then there is a visitation plan. I assume that the Office of the Attorney General did your child support order. Look at your copy (or, better yet, go to the court clerk and get a copy, or go to the Office of the AG & get a copy). The Office of the Attorney General normally does Standard Possession Orders. Please get a full copy of your orders - the Standard Possession Orders are attached, and there is language within your order which states : Possession...

  4. Child support

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. Sheila O'Connor Allen
    2. Thomas James Daley
    2 lawyer answers

    The Office of the Attorney General will handle your child support issue for free. They are slow, but they will do a thorough and cost-free job. A Judge can take into consideration the amount of time each parent has the child, and deviate from guideline accordingly. The OAG always charges (usually the man) for child support, no matter what the time-share arrangement is (unfortunately). Good Luck.

  5. Discovery motion to enforce child support

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. Sheila O'Connor Allen
    2. Thomas James Daley
    2 lawyer answers

    Regarding the discovery - answer all questions and provide all docs that are REASONABLE. If you can't locate something, then state: I cannot locate these documents. The attorney filed a Contempt action (Enforcement of Child Support) against you. One of the defenses to non-payment is that you did not have the money to pay the c/s. The attorney will 'prove-up' that you did have the means to pay c/s, if you state you spent money on other expenses during the period when you failed to pay 100%...

  6. How can I get my son's father to take a dna test so I can receive child support?

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. Thomas James Daley
    2. Sheila O'Connor Allen
    2 lawyer answers

    Don't accept the answer you received from the Attorney General's Office. Call them and ask to speak with an Ombudsman - that person will take your complaint and will check on why your case has not progressed. There is a federal locator service with allows the State to find Dad, by his Social Security number. Also, if Dad is in the military, there should be no problem locating and serving Dad. Be aware: The OAG normally asks for four years of retroactive child support. However, the Family...

  7. My ex's parenting time was suspended because of meth. When she's done witht the testing does she need to file something in court

    Answered over 3 years ago.

    1. Annette M Cox
    2. Sheila O'Connor Allen
    2 lawyer answers

    What did the Court state when they suspended visitation ? Was your ex ordered to enroll in a drug rehab program ? Is there a requirement for follicle testing or urine analysis ? The Court may order supervised visitation at a paid provider's location or a trusted family member's home (common with drug-abusing parents). Did CPS (Child Protective Services) suspend her visitation ? If so, your ex will have to comply with their requirements, and she may be at risk of having her parental rights...