My ex is a pro at snaking out of child support. We have had a tricky case for 4 years through the attorney general CS in Texas. It took almost 2 years to get him into court because he hid so well that he could not be found to be served. Twice, when we go to court he claimed he didn't live at the address where the court reminder letters where mailed to and that he wasn't notified. On the third court date, he arrived in a wheel chair and a make do boot on his foot claiming he was hurt (he was facing jail time at this point). The judge placed him on probation in lieu of jail time b/c he "couldn't place a cripple in jail." ! year later, I am lucky to get 1 payment every other month. I call the AG office monthly and am told it has to pass 30 days before they can step in and at that point they begin mailing the letters (which are pointless b/c he says he doesn't get them.) I finally tracked down his probation officer 2 months ago and it took me a month to get him on the phone. I had a random payment coming up and he said he was back on track and would keep an eye on him. I only received that 1 payment and it has been a month and I cannot get him back on the phone. Advice?
My first advice is the toughest. Try to find some way to hire your own family law counsel. The OAG represents Texas, not you or any individual parent litigant. That office has many outstanding attorneys doing noble and important work to all of us to ensure Texas custodial parents and their children get support and medical support to which they are entitled. But they are too few helping too many. Probate counsel costs you more money out of pocket and your natural instinct is that you are throwing good money after bad. But having OAG by application fir IV D services and private counsel you have a tag team effort. OAG has some remedies not available to private counsel like intercept. Texas Family Code Chapter 157 allows your lawyer to have your fees and costs ordered as additional support. You must have persistence and determination through a slow grinding process filled with disappointments and setbacks. Please do yourself a favor and start consulting as many family law counsel in your area as possible. Also private entities will represent you often on contingency by assignment of some interest in your support rights. Good luck. Please keep fighting for your rights. Your child support claim will follow him to and past his grave to his estate.
The Attorney General's office doesn't have the staff to keep up with someone like your ex. You need to hire a family lawyer to represent. The AG represents the state. You need someone who represents YOU.
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