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Angela Lynn Lee

Austin Family Law Attorney.

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  1. I already have a child support order, but he didn't pay child support for two months

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Angela Lynn Lee
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    In Travis County, you can contact the Attorney General Child Support Division to ask that they bring an enforcement suit. You may also choose to hire an attorney to bring your own enforcement suit against the father.

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  2. I am pregnant but not involved with the father. Can I ask for sole custody?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Angela Lynn Lee
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    Sole custody is usually awarded only where there has been abuse to the child or other family members, or if there are extenuating circumstances that might post physical harm to the child when in the other parent's care. However, while the presumption in Texas courts is that all parents should have joint custody, joint custody does not mean that each parent has equal access and rights to the child, nor does it necessarily mean that the non-custodial parent has regular visitation. Your attorney...

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  3. Can a registered sex offender be given non-custodial rights?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

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    Yes, it is possible for a registered sex offender to retain unsupervised visitation rights to a child. While there are laws that require notification of sex offender status, there is no blanket rule against visitation rights for sex offenders. A judge will consider the totality of the circumstances, presented through evidence and oral arguments, to make his or her decision on what kind of access the non-custodial parent should receive. If you wish to limit access to your infant child, you...

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  4. Is it legal to negotiate visitation schedule that deviates from MSA agreement? If so, is it binding?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Angela Lynn Lee
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    Strictly speaking, if the informal arrangement doesn't comply with terms in the Marital Settlement Agreement, then no, it's not legally binding. However, practically speaking, whether or not a judge will enforce an informal arrangement depends on the judge, and there may be other factors (not included in your question) that would affect a judge's ruling. Informal communications (i.e., email or text) can be used as evidence of an agreement, but there's no way to accurately predict how much...

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  5. Legal change of a 6 year old boy born in the U.S whose dad doesn't live in the U.S and who has not seen the boy.

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Angela Lynn Lee
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    You will need to bring a lawsuit to request a name change for the child. Depending on the age of the child, you may also need to have the child sign an affidavit indicating his consent. Unless your divorce and custody decree has a specific provision allowing for the child's name change, you will also need to notify the non-US father through formal processes governed by state law and international treaty. Depending on the judge, you may also be required to show that the father of the child...

  6. Am I responsible for my estranged husband belongnings?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Angela Lynn Lee
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    If you have no children and no major property together, you can serve your husband with the divorce by requesting that the court grant permission for you to serve him by alternative methods (e.g., posting a notice at the courthouse or in the newspaper). An attorney can assist you with filing the divorce and requesting permission for alternative service. If your restraining order was issued in Texas and was not part of a divorce or custody case, what you actually have is probably a temporary...

  7. Would it be ok to visit my kids dad in jail if he did a crime against us or would it hurt my case to do so

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Angela Lynn Lee
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    Yes, jail visits may be used as evidence in both criminal and civil/family law cases. However, whether this will affect your case against him depends on what kind of case you're trying to bring, which is not entirely clear from the question. If you are seeking a protective order against the offender, jail visits are often used as evidence to argue against a protective order. A jail visit may also impact your rights to your children if a Child Protective Services investigation was opened...