I have an upcoming child support modification - it is being held at the courthouse where my case was originally started, even though my child and his mother have been living in another city 4 hours away for the past 7 years. I want to change where this modification is being held because my ex's mother is friends with the judge and I believe I get an unfair outcome and the judge gets personal with me and I believe that's why she hasn't changed venues to where she lives now. I have contacted several attorneys but can not afford one at this time. I went to the courthouse yesterday to get a motion to transfer or change of venue form and the ladies in the office (also friends with child's mom) told me they didn't have those there and told me the attorney general handles that. Where can I get the form from? Thank you.
The ladies told you correctly they did not / do not have those forms at their office. Texas.Law.Helps is the Texas Supreme Court's pro se website, but a transfer is not a DIY project, and your entire case is not a DIY project. Just guessing here, but your results may have less to do with personal relationships than with your consulting and retaining family law counsel. You may not be getting your desired results possibly because of evidence but also because of your not being a licensed attorney. Even a child support modification requires knowledge of Texas Family Code Chapter 154. You said living in another city 4 hours away. It could be that the other party is not transferring the suit because the OAG filed it in which case it would normally be in a IV-D court, not the district court, but also possible because the costs and hassle of the transfer did not justify any benefit. A child support case is more black and white by the book than a custody case. Visitation also is governed by guidelines.
Thomas J. Baker of Baker & Tisdale PLLC principally practices in the Central Texas area, including Bell, Coryell, McLennan, Milam and Williamson counties. The advice given here is not and ahould not be taken as a substitute for in-personal consultation with counsel, particularly where legal documents, such as court orders need to be reviewed. I am Board-Certified in Family Law but not in any other areas of practice.
If I were you, I would hire a lawyer to handle the transfer and the case. Good luck and God bless!
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