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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Texas on
Q: My ex won't pay child support. I never got child support on him I just want him to come see his daughter.

My ex haven't seen his daughter since she was born I've been trying to tell him to come see her but he won't I told him I'm going to do child support but he said that he is not going to pay? He has two more kids and he pays child support and he see them but I've been trying to get him to see Abby... Read more »

Rahlita D. Thornton
Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Jul 9, 2019

You can not force a parent to visit. You can file for child support and then that person is responsible whether he visits or not. The Attorney General assists with establishing child support orders. Connect with them.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support and Divorce for Texas on
Q: My husband filed divorce. He wants me to fill out the forms. I don't know how too fill out the final decree

Or the child support form. I don't have the means for a lawyer

Homer P Jordan IV
Homer P Jordan IV answered on Jul 8, 2019

You really need the assistance of an attorney, especially with children being involved. Many attorneys accept credit card payments, which helps make it easier to afford. If you can't afford an attorney, try calling the state bar to inquire about pro bono attorneys in your area. -Homer P. Jordan... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Child Support and Divorce for Texas on
Q: Husband filed divorce

I don't know how to fill out the child support forms or the final decree

Chad Zubi
Chad Zubi answered on Jul 8, 2019

Greetings,

If your husband has filed for divorce (and especially since you have children) I suggest that you obtain counsel to help you navigate the entire process. It is not just a matter of filling out forms. The divorce decree specifically, is a detailed document that is going to play...
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2 Answers | Asked in Child Support and Family Law for Texas on
Q: The mother of my child is remarried, does that affect the amount of child support that I pay?

She also will not allow me to see my daughter for father's day, is that allowed? Tx

Jon R. Boyd
Jon R. Boyd answered on Jun 24, 2019

Almost certainly not, unless she has remarried to some person who is affluent or there are other extenuating facts.

Here's why:

In Texas, child support is rebuttably presumed to be set in accordance with the "child support guidelines", which simply are percentages of income. For...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Texas on
Q: How to stop a childsuport increase

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

Gathering all of your evidence about your current income and how it has changed from the intial determination is where you should start. If it has changed substantially then you probably won't be able to stop any increases. In case you have had another child since the initial order be sure to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Family Law and Child Support for Texas on
Q: I’m being sued for back child support. I reconciled with my ex and we were common law spouses. We lived together.

So we had the same address and I always carried my daughter on my insurance. She never asked for support until I stopped paying a loan for her. I gave her support every month through my bank. I live in Texas.

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

You should defend yourself considering these facts. Possible offsets for child support.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Texas on
Q: I live in Texas with my kids, my kids father filed an allocation of rights from colorado, how do i respond?

I moved in November 2018 to TX, He still resides in Colorado. He filed this allocation of parental rights in Colorado. And, not knowing if I am an actual Texas resident after 7 months, how do igo about responding to this? do i have to file with Colorado? or does Colorado courts not have any rights... Read more »

Rahlita D. Thornton
Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Jun 17, 2019

It will depend on when the children were moved and when the actual filing was made. Consult a Colorado attorney if case is pending there to respond. In general, the jurisidiction of the court is the one where the child has resided 6 months prior to the filing. After discussing this with a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Texas on
Q: My daughters father in TX has been married for 5 years and we dont have a child support order in place. The hearing is

In 2 weeks will they take his wife's income into consideration since the child support order hasn't been agreed upon yet.

Victoria Collins
Victoria Collins answered on Jun 15, 2019

No, child support is calculated primarily on the parent’s income and does not include his or her spouse’s income.

2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Texas on
Q: If a child support case is closed due to non custodial parents inability to pay (SSI) is the visitation order still val
Victoria Collins
Victoria Collins answered on Jun 11, 2019

Yes. Visitation rights are not effected by child support obligations

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Texas on
Q: What can I do too see my child . If I have visitation rights . I already called the the cops and documented .

The mother of the child is not letting me see my child. How many documents do I have to do too see my own child ? Please help

Rahlita D. Thornton
Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Jun 8, 2019

Sounds like you may already have enough grounds/violations. Seek an attorney to pursue your issues. There is no set amount on violations of court order.

2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Texas on
Q: How many times can a mother deny visitation rights to the father . Even the the father has court order days ?

What is the outcome if she continues to do that and what advice can you give me

Rahlita D. Thornton
Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Jun 8, 2019

Read the order and make sure you are at the location specified in the order at the time identified in the order. Keep records. Record exchange. Text her that you are present. You can also call police to make a report. If all this fails then take court action by getting an attorney to pursue your... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Child Custody, Child Support and Domestic Violence for Texas on
Q: I want to take my child with me out of state to my hometown. Husband physically & mentally abused me in the past

I want to take my child with me out of state to my hometown. Husband physically & mentally abused me, and is a veteran with PTSD. I’ve recently made the mistake of turning to narcotics to cope w/the situation & now I’m worried he has better leverage than me. He just broke my phone & physically... Read more »

Rahlita D. Thornton
Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Jun 1, 2019

In general if no court involvement you are free to do as you please. However, if a divorce is filed your spouse may request that the child’s residence be restricted to your current residence.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Texas on
Q: Can my 19 year old step daughter get her child support card?

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Rahlita D. Thornton
Rahlita D. Thornton answered on May 28, 2019

If you are referring to the physical card then the child support office should be able to send her a debit card. Hope this is what you were asking about.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Texas on
Q: I am not on a birth certificate for a child whom I’ve never met, the mother had a court appointed dna test several stat

Away from where I live. She’s in Michigan, I live in Texas. I was never out on birth certificate, wasn’t informed when he was born, and was not at any of the doctor appointments. The child is 4 years old now and she is wanting to get child support

Rahlita D. Thornton
Rahlita D. Thornton answered on May 28, 2019

You can explore options as they relate to whether she has waited too long and whether you have to pay back child support based on the time that you knew about the alleged paternity of the child. An important question is when did you 1st find out about the child possibly being yours? Let us know... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Texas on
Q: Never married my ex we have a 13 year old daughter together who lives with her mom. My house burn down and I bought a

new one with insurance money. Is the ex entitled to the value of new trailer and its contents and can they raise my child support because of the new trailer? I live in Texas. I'am also raising two minor biological children who live with me.

Cheryl Ann Wulf
Cheryl Ann Wulf answered on May 20, 2019

If you are not married I do not see how your ex girlfriend would be entitled to the value of the new trailer and contents. Regarding child support that be increased or decreased based on your income changing. The fact that you are also supporting two minor children who live with you should also... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support, Criminal Law, Employment Law and Federal Crimes for Texas on
Q: What do I do if the company I work for is not sending correct child support payments for ordered amounts

This set me back in arrears and am in the process of getting incarcerated.

Cheryl Ann Wulf
Cheryl Ann Wulf answered on May 20, 2019

I would suggest you speak to someone in the Human Resources to find out why they are not withholding the correct amount. It may be that they need a corrected withholding order or possibly you are not earning enough money for them to withhold the full amount. The income withholding order should... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Texas on
Q: I am the custodial parent and The wife of the my child’s father is becoming hostile.

She yelled, cursed and approached my with confrontation when picking up my child this past Friday. She even called the police on me lying. She also mentioned to me she was trying to build a “case” against me. I don’t know what that means but I no longer want her involved with the pick up and... Read more »

Victoria Collins
Victoria Collins answered on May 20, 2019

Whether or not the child's step-mother (or any responsible adult) is allowed to pick-up or drop off should be addressed in your final decree. If it is not, or there is simply not language there does not appear here that there is enough of a substantial change in circumstances that would allow a... Read more »

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Q: Child support in Texas for still married couples

Me and my husband are still married and we have not filed or filled out any divorce papers. Can i file for child support without filing for divorce?

Matthew Valley
Matthew Valley answered on May 18, 2019

Yes. One usually is able to file for child support even if they haven’t filed for divorce. Custody/visitation can also be handled in the same matter.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support for Texas on
Q: When does child support stop?

The child turned 18 in April 2019, and will not be able to graduate as expected from high school in May due to failing grades. The child is not disabled. The divorce decree states age 18 or graduation from high school, whichever is later.

He has no job, and I do not know if he intends to... Read more »

Gary D. Peak
Gary D. Peak answered on May 9, 2019

It depends on whether he stays in school for summer school trying to graduate, or comes back in the fall to asses to graduate. I would meet with the school counselor who deals with issues like this trying to get kids to graduate and find out if there is a plan and if so what. Ask how they handle... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Texas on
Q: Can I legally move with my children? I’m custodial parent.

Children’s father is $13 grand behind on child support..just will not work.He hasn’t held the medical insurance in more than a year. Have taken him to court because he refused to go by 50/50 custody and moved outta state. Took him back at my expense $1000..&refused to agree to standard unless... Read more »

Gary D. Peak
Gary D. Peak answered on May 8, 2019

Sounds like you need a good attorney to take him back to court and have him help in contempt and maybe get him to agree to modify some of the terms to allow you to relocate in exchange for not asking the court to throw him in jail, or suspend his driver's license if meet the requirements for that.

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