Posted by Tracee C
I live in Ga. My ex and I have a daughter. I had recently filed for child support in the state of Florida where he resides because Ga told me child support is filed where the father lives. So he received a letter from the Florida Child support department advising a case had been initiated.
The next thing i knew i was being served from the state of Texas for child support from him. Apparently, the child support obligation is wayyy lower in Texas than in Florida and he was trying to get away with paying less child support. I was referred to Kathy from Kinser & Bates from a lawyer in Atlanta and was told to call her immediately. Before Kathy even took my case, she reached out to his lawyer informing him of what was going on and advised he needed to get his client to withdraw his petition. My ex stood firm so i had to retain Kathy and her firm to represent me from Atlanta.
Jon was not the leading attorney on my case but he along with the rest of the firm were there to answer my many emails and calls. Both firms went back and forth negotiating and my ex's attorney realized this was a losing case for him as we had found out that my ex obtained a Texas driver's license using a relative's address and he had only been a Texas resident for a few days when his petition was filed. According to Texas, you have to be living in Texas for 6 months and have a license for 90 days before you can submit a petition.
The whole process took about 6 months before the case was dismissed with prejudice agreed by both attorneys and signed off on by the court. So my case did not have to go before a judge. It took so long because my ex was stalling. My ex also had to pay my attorney fees as part of the settlement.
Kathy, Jon and their team were very professional, and experts at their jobs. Jon provided great advice regarding the situation.
They are the first firm I had to work with and have set the bar very high in what I should be expecting from law firms. You get what you pay for. Kinser & Bates has been doing this a long time and I could tell from the consultation call that Kathy, Jon and the firm would have my back, and me and my daughter's best interest at mind.
I don't know what i would have done without them.