Janis Alexander Cross’s Answers

Janis Alexander Cross

Amarillo Family Law Attorney.

Contributor Level 7
  1. My lawyer wont do anything after he filed my petition and has all of my paperwork and all additional paperwork I had to turn in

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Janis Alexander Cross
    1 lawyer answer

    You can fire you attorney and he will have to give you your file. YOU own the file, not the lawyer, so you will get a copy of your paperwork. Then, you can hire someone else to represent you. I am in Amarillo, so I can't help you with picking up your divorce, but there are plenty of lawyers in Killeen who should be able to finalize your divorce. The lawyer can also find your ex so that a copy of the final divorce can be sent to him. Good luck to you! p.s. My answer is based upon the...

  2. Divorce in Texas and Remarriage(without waiting for 30 days) in another state with no waiting period?

    Answered almost 4 years ago.

    1. Janis Alexander Cross
    1 lawyer answer

    Hi! If no one appealed your divorce decree within 30 days from the date of the divorce, then your divorce is 'final" and can't be undone. Therefore, you are legally married in MN. I have people who leave the state to get married all the time, even before their Texas divorce is final. So long as the judge has announced that you are divorced and you married outside the State of Texas, you will have no problem! Congratulations on your remarriage! This advice is for informational purposes...

  3. Do I have to file in the same county I got married?

    Answered almost 4 years ago.

    1. Cynthia Russell Henley
    2. Janis Alexander Cross
    3. David Alexander Browde
    3 lawyer answers

    You must live in a county for at least 90 days before you become a "resident" of that county. You can file in Bexar County after you have lived there 90 days. However, during that 90 day period, your spouse could still file in Hutchinson County, as long as he/she has lived there for 90 days. Then, you'd have to come back to Hutchinson County to participate in the divorce, even if you've relocated to Bexar County. DISCLAIMER This answer is provided for educational purposes only. By using...

  4. How do we change first and middle name of our legally adopted child if we did not do it during adoption

    Answered almost 4 years ago.

    1. Janis Alexander Cross
    1 lawyer answer

    You will have to hire an attorney to file a Petition for the Name Change of a minor child. It's unfortunate that you did not change the child's name at the time of the adoption, as you could have done it then for free! Now, you will incur additional filing fees and attorney's fees. However, since you are the adopted parents, you can easily change the child's name by filing the Petition. DISCLAIMER This answer is provided for educational purposes only. By using or participating in this...

  5. My son is 12 and i havent seen him since he was 4 now i just got hit with chid support are they gunna take my income tax

    Answered almost 4 years ago.

    1. Janis Alexander Cross
    1 lawyer answer

    You have a duty to support your son, whether you have a relationship with him or not. You will have court-ordered child support that you will have to pay monthly. If you don't pay it, it will accumulate interest at 12%. They WILL take you income tax refund if you get behind on your child support. (You can also lose your driver's license and also go to jail if you don't pay what you are supposed to pay!) The good news is that once you have your hearing, they will also set up a visitation...

  6. How do I get out of this marrige quickly?

    Answered about 4 years ago.

    1. Janis Alexander Cross
    1 lawyer answer

    In Texas, it generally takes 61 days to get divorced. (Under a new state law that went into effect in September 2009, you can get the 61-day waiting period waived if you have a Protective Order in place due to domestic violence, but it doesn't sound like that is an issue in your case.) Also, if you are pregnant, you cannot get out of this marriage until the baby is born, even if the child is not your husband's child. So, in general, you could file for divorce and be divorced in around 61...

  7. What happens if I file for child support for my baby and his father decides to move to another state in order for him not to pay

    Answered about 4 years ago.

    1. Charla Elizabeth Lenz
    2. Theresa Cay Langford
    3. Janis Alexander Cross
    5 lawyer answers

    I agree with both of the prior responses. Also, you should know that if he receives an income tax refund and is behind on his child support, the Texas Attorney General's office will intercept the tax refund for you each year, until he owes no child support arrearage.

  8. Child support after divorce

    Answered about 4 years ago.

    1. Janis Alexander Cross
    2. Christopher Michael Schmiedeke
    2 lawyer answers

    Generally speaking, you will be ordered to pay 25% of your net income with wages calculated at minimum wage. Once you get a job, however, expect your ex to file for an adjustment in child support based upon your "real" wages.

  9. Personal Property in a Divorce

    Answered about 4 years ago.

    1. Janis Alexander Cross
    2. Christopher Michael Schmiedeke
    2 lawyer answers

    In general, yes. In Texas, everything that you acquire after you marry is community property, EXCEPT for thing that you inherit (either in a will or because you were next of kin) and things that were given to you as a gift. If you can get the person who gave you the gift to give you a sworn written statement that the item(s) was intended to be a gift only to you, that should suffice. In the event that you divorce, the property will not be divided, but will remain as your own separate...