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1 Answer | Asked in Child Support, Divorce and Family Law for Texas on
Q: After marrying my husband I closed the child support case. Now we are getting a divorce. Can I reopen? 3yrs later (TX)
Jon R. Boyd
Jon R. Boyd answered on Oct 17, 2019

The child support would be addressed in the divorce. You don’t need a separate OAG case.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Texas on
Q: My son is getting a divorce from his common law ex. They have 3 kids together. The kids have lived with him for 2 years

While waiting on the divorce process. She is now 6 months pregnant by someone else while they are still legally married. She quit her job as she is expecting twins. Will she still be ordered to pay child support and provide health insurance in Texas with newborns and no job?

Tammy Lyn Wincott
Tammy Lyn Wincott answered on Oct 1, 2019

She can still be ordered to pay child support whether she has a job or not. Typically when a person doesn't have a job the support is based on a 40 hour work week at minimum wage. Your son will have to wait until after she has the babies before finalizing the divorce and even then there are a few... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Texas on
Q: my wife/partner has my biological daughter an won't give her back. We had called police made report for her attacking

why won't they give me my daughter or what can I do to get her back now

Rahlita D. Thornton
Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Sep 29, 2019

If that is your wife’s child then she has the same rights to possession of your child if there are no set out orders. If you feel the need to get orders put into place then consult an attorney. Good luck. 888-343-4529.

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Texas on
Q: How can I revise my child support if custodial parent won't show up to court.

When I started paying child support 4 years ago I had I job where I was making decent money. I lost that job shortly after but my child support amount 4 years later is still the same amount from when I was working that job. Ive made several attempts to get it changed because I don't make no where... Read more »

Rahlita D. Thornton
Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Sep 29, 2019

If she has been served then you can proceed. However, you need an attorney to forward your rights in order to press for a final hearing in the issue. The OAG does not represent you.

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Texas on
Q: I signed a paper from my ex that was notorized stating no child support would ever be sought after.

No paternity was established and it was signed after they where born does that mean she can try to take me to court and make me do a dna test when I do not think they are mine. While she was sleeping with her ex she got pregnant And can she get child support from me. If they are mine even though... Read more »

Rahlita D. Thornton
Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Sep 24, 2019

The signing of the informal document you reference does not override any court action. However, it can be used as evidence especially if you are being asked to pay retroactive child support. Do not ignore any requests for the court simply because you believe that the document that you signed... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Texas on
Q: How do I get a temporary handwritten order from a custody hearing finalized into the correct typed legal document?

We had court on August 23rd. my (now former) legal representation has been absent since the court date and hasn’t filed the paperwork. There were orders to move child support up from the 6% the NCP currently pays to guideline limits. The opposing council was ordered on this date to supply income... Read more »

Rahlita D. Thornton
Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Sep 21, 2019

You will need to hire another lawyer to finish your case.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Texas on
Q: I’m supposed to pay 1/2 of out of pocket medical expenses. My son’s mom won’t use the insurance I have.

I have great insurance on my son. It is just that you have to go in-network to get the benefits. If she doesn’t use it and runs up bills, do I still have to pay 1/2 of out of pocket costs? I pay a large premium for insurance for him and also have a health savings card for meds and deductibles. Help!

Jon R. Boyd
Jon R. Boyd answered on Sep 20, 2019

Your court order should have provisions stating that whoever uses out of network providers then has to pay 100% of the out of pocket/uninsured expense. That provision used to be part of the standard language in court orders but the form changed several yrs ago to delete it, not sure why. If your... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Texas on
Q: My ex husband pays me child support. 97.00 a week to be exact (which is nothing). He keeps telling our daughter to tell

Me to send my daughter with the child support money when she goes with him on the weekend. Is this legal ??? Am I missing something ?

Rahlita D. Thornton
Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Sep 12, 2019

This is ridiculous. Your child should not be getting harassed by her father about child support. He has no right to get the child support back. Ask him in writing to stop doing this. Good luck.

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Texas on
Q: How can I ensure a non custodial parent does not get visitation rights. They have a past with family violence.
Rahlita D. Thornton
Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Sep 11, 2019

You will need to petition the court with your request. Have your evidence spelled out then contact an attorney in your area.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Texas on
Q: Why is another parent receiving child support for her child but I am not...from the same father
Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta answered on Sep 10, 2019

did you ask for it? get an attorney to help you.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Texas on
Q: How do I get my visitation when managing conservator refuses to answer calls, texts, and doesn't turn over child?

I have a current c/s, visitation order in Texas; I'm currently 1 month behind on c/s payments due to attending a fast course class (school). My son's mother is preventing me from seeing my son due to this. I have taken my court order to her house to pick him up and even asked police to meet me... Read more »

Rahlita D. Thornton
Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Sep 10, 2019

Best recourse is to contact attorney since you have to meet very specific criteria to hold her accountable.

3 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Immigration Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Texas on
Q: I got a filipina pregnant in the Phillipines. Not married to her. Does she have any right to child support from me?

Can she get legal help to take my money since she is not a US citizen?

Deron Edward Smallcomb
Deron Edward Smallcomb answered on Sep 3, 2019

I couldn't say with regards to Philippines law, however I am assuming you will want to bring her to the USA and/or make your child a citizen. If so, please contact us. We can help with either or both.

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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Texas on
Q: I didnt know I was on child support until they took money out of my check. How can I find out what's going on.
Rahlita D. Thornton
Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Aug 28, 2019

You probably were served by alternative methods. You should hire an attorney to investigate it. There are time deadlines for which you may need to meet expeditiously. Good luck.

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Texas on
Q: Hi , I wanted to see if Qualify f qualify or a lawyer? I need help for child support? I can’t really pay much..

I have court October 17th

Rahlita D. Thornton
Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Aug 23, 2019

The Office of Attorney General may be able to assist you. Not sure what the court date is for but contact their office to see if you can get help.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support, Social Security, Estate Planning and Family Law for Texas on
Q: My ex-husband died suddenly in April. Our only child has been in ICU since last July, and is disabled

My child turned 18 in July. He needs a heart and kidney transplant. His stepmother wants to discontinue child support and his health insurance, as my child now receives his father's SSI death benefits. He is ineligible to receive Medicare, Medicaid, or SSI disability due to receiving these death... Read more »

Nina Whitehurst
Nina Whitehurst answered on Aug 15, 2019

Do you have a question?

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Texas on
Q: Can my ex in Alabama deny me my court ordered visitation because I cant pay my child support ordered for travel expense?
Rahlita D. Thornton
Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Aug 6, 2019

Answers assume court order signed in Texas. You have to follow the order. If you have to pay to get the flight arrangements then your spouse does not have to pay what you are obligated to pay for them. But, you have to follow the order in to get possession at the time ordered in the order.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Texas on
Q: How long does it take to show on the Attorney General website that my backpay was signed off and no longer on CS

The mother of my child and I went down to the Attorney General office to sign off my backpay and to close the case because our daughter will live with me from now on so out of kindness she agreed to sign off my arrears and no longer wants to receive cs. It's been a week since we've both signed... Read more »

Rahlita D. Thornton
Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Aug 6, 2019

The Attorney General is the best entitiy to answer these questions. Contact their office.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption, Child Custody and Child Support for Texas on
Q: Child's father refusing contact before and after birth, what are my options?

My childs father disappeared after he found out that we had a child (even though we were trying and it was planned). He hasn't changed his mailing address and he is having all of his family refuses any contact with me. I honestly want him to just sign away his rights. I have been seeing someone who... Read more »

Rahlita D. Thornton
Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Aug 5, 2019

The father can certainly give up all of his rights if there is another ready and qualified to adopt. You’ve got a number of steps to follow and because of such you should consult an attorney to assist you. Good luck. 888-343-4529.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Child Support for Texas on
Q: How can a county charge me with criminal non support if the state is not and I'm paying my childsupport now

I owe her 61000 they say but they been garnishing my check since 1 year after our divorce inv2005.now my county is trying to give me 5 years probation or send me to the pen.to pay it back.im paying 832.16 a month right now.i call childsupport division of Texas and they said they don't have any... Read more »

Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace answered on Jul 31, 2019

You can be arrested and charged with Assault on the Tooth Fairy if an officer believes he has probable cause.

Just because you are charged doesn't mean the state will be able to prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt, especially if you hire a criminal defense attorney to fight the...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Texas on
Q: I'm a non custodial parent, and i owe child support for 1 child. i am a single mother with 2 other children

i do not receive child support for the 2 that live with me. i have tried 2 times to modify my orders with no help. I owe $17,000. I'm very low income, on food stamps and on medicaid. i have an auto immune disease, fibromyolia and a few other problems. my middle child has asthma and my youngest is... Read more »

Jon R. Boyd
Jon R. Boyd answered on Jul 19, 2019

Hi, I'm very sorry for your predicament.

My best advice is that you hire an attorney if at all possible. Depending on where you live, there may be Pro Bono (free) legal services available.

It sounds like you are going through the Attorney General to collect the child support owed...
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