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Karen L. Marvel
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  • Child support modification

    Idid a child support modification through the attorney general on January 19,2015, and went online to check that status through public civil records with my case. My question is according to the case information the other party still has not been ...

    Karen’s Answer

    You applied for a modification request through the Attorney General. That is the start of the process -- not the filing of an action. You are a customer and not a client as all the paperwork you filled out stated. They gather documentation and send out paperwork to the other side. Expect to wait 3 - 6 months for a determination or a review conference, which is the time they have under federal and state law. You have no grounds for a complaint when you are getting free services. Please look into hiring a private attorney. It is worth the money to move your case along faster and get your child support changed.

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  • My ex has not filed QDRO as stated in divorce. How long does he have and what should I do to ensure I get my half.

    We got divorced 6 years ago, I keep after him about filing QDRO, he will not complete paper work. I need to know what to do. He wanted the divorce, he should take care of it a and pay for it.

    Karen’s Answer

    If you want the money from the QDRO, you should go ahead and pay to have it done. If you don't want to pay your lawyer to do it there are very reasonable lawyers who prepare QDROs here on AVVO or you can search on the internet. If your divorce decree required him to prepare the paperwork you might be able to recover your attorney's fees for filing to enforce it. Either way, it's worth the money to get your share. All you are doing now is getting angry about something that is not going to change unless you take action. Good luck.

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  • I terminated my parent child rights, neither attorney filed the paperwork. Now I am beign forced to pay retroactive support.

    Can I do anything to terminate the retroactive child support order? After I signed the termination papers I never had contact with my child, it wasn't until several years later that I found out that the termination paperwork was never filed and th...

    Karen’s Answer

    It sounds like you signed the affidavit of relinquishment but the custodial parent never filed the termination so nothing was completed. Unfortunately for you, the child support obligation and interest do continue. Once the arrears have been reduced to judgment, you may be able to negotiate a settlement but not before that. It would be the compassionate thing for the custodial parent to do, considering you were led to believe your child support cut off on the day you signed the affidavit. The support you owed up to that date remained due and payable. I urge you to consult a lawyer. This delicate situation cannot be handled through the Attorney General where you are a customer, not a client. Good luck.

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  • How to finalize sale of divorce property?

    The property has been sold. My name isn't on deed. We were married when it was purchased in full. Divorce decree gives me the listing agreement and half of sale. It has been listed for 8 years. Buyer is still interested but just as frustrated as I...

    Karen’s Answer

    The other lawyers are right -- it sounds like an enforcement may be what is needed. You may also need a receiver appointed to handle the sale who takes control of the property (and boots your ex out of the property) to handle the sale. Get to a lawyer immediately to get some help interpreting the order and find out what can be done before the buyer pulls out of the sale. Good luck!

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  • Will Legal Guardianship protect the girls from their biological father being able to just take them away?

    I have been raising my three nieces for 9yrs. Their Father has been incarcerated for about 10 years and will get out this year. Their mother is not involved in their lives, but calls maybe twice a year. I have no real legal documents, only a guard...

    Karen’s Answer

    What we don't know about this fact situation is: are there any custody orders in place already? If so, you need to file a petition to modify the current order. If not, you need to file an original petition. Either way, like all of the lawyers said, you need a lawyer to protect these girls and keep them in the household where they have grown up. You may be afraid of the costs. If you can't afford the first lawyer, shop around until you find someone you can afford. Borrow or raise the money from family and friends. This is too important to ignore or hope you can do it yourself. Good luck.

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  • I need my information on my child support for but don't have my con number

    I have my social security and my sons

    Karen’s Answer

    Call 1-800-252-8014 and talk to the Attorney General's office. They will mail you the CIN number for your case so you can check on payments. I think that is what you are looking for. Good luck.

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  • How can my ex waive the back child support in Texas . Child is 20 years of age

    In Dallas Texas.

    Karen’s Answer

    The Texas Family Code requires that the child support judgment for the entire amount be confirmed first. Then all or part of the judgment can be released. If it is not done correctly, the release is void under Texas Supreme Court cases (Wiliiams v. Patton, TX Supreme Court 1991) and the Family Code. You need a lawyer with child support experience to draft the motion, order and release of judgment. If your ex is truly in agreement it is a fairly simple process as long as you notify the Attorney General and do not waive any monies owed to the state. Good luck.

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  • My ex never paid his child support ordered by court in our divorce in 1983. Can I sue him now for non payment with grown kids.

    Our children were age 3,6 and 10 when we divorced.

    Karen’s Answer

    There are still many remedies available to you even though your children are grown. For example, child support liens to attach a bank account and wage withholding are still available to collect past due child support for a 1983 court order. Interest accrues on your past due child support until it is paid. The Texas Family Code provides different time periods for the remedies. An experienced child support attorney can help you with these issues. Good luck.

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  • Can I file for back pay child support even though my son is 22.

    My son's father was in jail since I was pregnat. My son is now 22 and his father has been out of jail for 3 years now and is working and making good money. Can I still get back pay child support from him.

    Karen’s Answer

    I agree with all the lawyers but the big question here is: do you already have a court order that required the father to pay child support? If so, you have lots of remedies available to you, like Mr. Thomas set out. If not, your right to ask for child support ended on your child's 22nd birthday, like Ms. Lassiter said.

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  • Child support...

    Who has jurisdiction over me if I currently live in TX and the child support order(s) originated from different states. Keep in mind I never at any time lived in the other states while i was active duty navy. I was told once I move to whatever sta...

    Karen’s Answer

    Thomas gave a brilliant answer but I am going to add this. Two states have jurisdiction over you at the moment: the state that issued the original child support order and Texas, where you live now. Either state can enforce the child support order. If the child and a parent still live in originating state, that state can modify order. As my dear friend George White said, there are a lot of lawyers here in San Antonio with extensive interstate experience who can help you with these issues.

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