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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.

    Karen’s Answer

    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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  • What can we do? Can this still bite him in the butt?

    My significant other has found out that he may have a warrent out for his arrest for contempt of court though he actually has been paying but directly to the mother of his child because she needed the money quicker. He has all documentation suppor...

    Karen’s Answer

    The reason he may have an arrest warrant is for one of two things: failure to appear in court for an initial hearing; or a motion to revoke a previously suspended sentence. You can call the Harris County Sheriff to find out if there is an active warrant. The mother needs to sign an "Affidavit of Direct Payments" found on the AG website. If she is willing to work with him they can both contact the AG and get it straightened out. Of course I am assuming this is an AG case because the mother does not appear to know about the problems. Good luck.

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  • My husband has been arrested for back child support for the first time is there any possible way that he can get out

    The children are 19 now I believe and he hasn't been able to do what he was supposed to pay but now he has opportunity to make everything right which we were trying to do in San Antonio he got a contract for the 99 cent store maintenance stores in...

    Karen’s Answer

    If this is an AG case they will usually tell him how much he has to pay to be released. If you have all or most of that amount you need to contact the AG and make the payment. If it is a private case you can contact the lawyer directly if he did not have a lawyer and ask the same thing. However, if the court chooses to punish him for criminal contempt, he could be required to stay in jail for the six months. Usually, everybody wants money and nobody wants him in jail any longer than needed to get his attention. Good luck.

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  • I got a letter about child support saying the attorney general received a referral from HHSC. The father helps me do I file?

    I use to receive government help no longer due because I don't quailfy. I got this letter about child support the father helps me and has our child on his health insurance plus pays for anything our child needs diaper, clothes, etc. Do I still hav...

    Karen’s Answer

    If you receive or received state assistance like SNAP (food stamps), Medicaid or TANF, the State of Texas has a right to request reimbursement from the father of the child for monies the State paid for the child's benefit. You may not have a choice about putting him on child support because the State has the right to go ahead and do it. You assigned the right to collect child support to the State when you applied for and received those benefits. Also, the father may be helping you but without knowledge of what he earns, there is no way to know if the help is the correct amount under Texas law. Cooperate with the Texas Attorney General and you, they and the father can probably reach an agreement.

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  • How do I sue theTexas Attorney General Child Support Division?

    I had new orders put into effect on two separate cases set July 1, 2015. For one of my cases they have deducted child support for 10 weeks and will not release funds. I have spent days dealing with this issue only to be told that I just have to wa...

    Karen’s Answer

    Even though you cannot sue the Attorney General, sometimes if you call your state representative, their office has access to an ombudsmen in the Attorney General's office and can cut through the red tape. I certainly hope you are a registered voter. You can still speak with your state representative even if you are not. Good luck.

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