Legal Question in Family Law in Texas

child support

I am a single mother of 3 girls; my oldest lives with her father and I was court ordered to pay child support. Only now I am divorced and living in low income housing living off of food stamps trying to get by taking care of my other two girls. They are now taking out back child support and now the regular child support. I am struggling to pay all of that back is there any kind of hardship that I can request? The case is in Tx but I live in Mt.

Asked on 9/17/07, 11:33 pm

2 Answers from Attorneys

Carolyn J. Stevens CJ Stevens|Law

Re: child support

I am not licensed in Texas, so I am telling you what I would tell my Montana clients.

Do not just sit by and watch your support arrearage grow. Contact the Texas child support enforcement department today. Tell your case worker that you need to modify support.

Regarding your other two children -- I assume from your question that these children have a different father. If you do not have a support order for these two children, begin the process of getting one. If you have an order and the father is not paying, begin the process of enforcing the existing order.

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Answered on 9/18/07, 11:04 am

Fran Brochstein Attorney & Mediator

Re: child support

You need to hire an attorney in Texas.

The Texas A G will not modify your support just because you want them to do so.

You are wasting your time talking to them on the phone.

I strongly urge you to save up your $$ and hire a private attorney in your area.

Be sure to hire someone that handles these sort of cases. Many attorneys will not.

I charge to do this. I take payments.

You also have to serve the father if he's not willing to reduce the payments.

Start saving your money today.

I don't know of any non-profit that will help you. You can go to the State Bar of TX website and look and see if anyone will help you.

Our pro bono clinics are swamped.

You can call or email me if you want.

Good luck!

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Answered on 9/19/07, 12:11 am

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