Frustrated in Texas

by Carrie
(Texas)

My husband (non custodial parent) has been paying $600 per month child support for his son since he and the child’s mother divorced ten years ago. His son turned 18 this past December. We recently received a letter from the TX OAG advising that his obligation had been met and that an order to terminate withholding of support had been sent to his employer. We were advised that the child has been home schooled and the OAG did not receive the needed paper work to verify that he is enrolled in an accredited program and working toward a diploma with a projected date of graduation. We were pleasantly surprised and looked forward to being able to put away some money for our own future. Two weeks later we received a copy of a notice to withhold child support once again that has been sent to his employer for the $600 per month. We have been told that the ex has provided the necessary documents requested and that the support must continue until the child graduates, which would be this May if he were enrolled in public school, which he is not.

While we understand this and have no problem paying through May, we also want to ensure that the child is on track to complete the program. Our fear is that the home schooling records will not be able to be verified in May or that the ex will say that the child needs more time to complete the program and we will be obligated indefinitely to pay the support. Does anyone know what the guidelines are when a child is home schooled? My husbands divorce decree states that he must pay until the child is eighteen or until he graduates high school, whichever is later. What if it takes him two or three more years to graduate? Also, I understand that my husband does have the right to access his son's grades and be kept apprised of his performance in school. This would be no problem if he attended public school, but is difficult because of the home school situation. My husband has not been allowed to have contact with his son for years, so does not speak with the ex. Can anyone suggest a way we can obtain this child’s school records for our own piece of mind? We feel like a cruel joke has been played on us. It's been so hard to pay every month, but we have. Just would like to know that there is an end in sight.

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frustration with the attorney general
by: Anonymous

im in a different situation i can not get the attorney generals office to do anything with my case. the ncp is in arreage in excess of 12000 dollars and we finally went to court in march, i say finally because he would never show up for court, he was sentenced to community supervision, which i assumed they were going to ensure that he makes his payments, well here it is 2 months later and all he has sent so far is 200 dollars! I called the AG's office and was told that he would be given 90 days in which to pay!! Are u serious? this is so frustrating! Is there anyone out there that can tell me what to do? thanks

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frustrated in Texas
by: Anonymous


We are in the same exact situation with homeschooling and adult support ( since the child is almost 19 yrs old) she is no longer a child. The sad thing is, the custodial parent is letting her daughter delay graduating this month, just so that she can still get the monthly $875.00 until they decide when she feels like graduating..any thing for the almighty dollar.. Does anyone have any information on this issue?

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Can the Child Support Laws Be Updated
by: Anonymous

My husband has a son who is not being taken care of well and we can't afford a lawyer. However, after going to court and fighting for visitation, the laws favor the mother no matter how unstable she is. How do we go about starting a petition or something to get the Attorney General to update this information. Although we filed to see if the child was his, that office always represents the mother and that is just not right. Not all dads are dead beat dads.

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Education Requirements.
by: David

Chapter 25 of the education code does not mention anything about home schooling. So try this website. Not sure it will help you out, since Texas is pretty liberal on their home schooling requirements. It may be a way for that ex to keep the money going; that's what they do! Mine held my daughter back a year. Another year of support for me, and more credit for the Texas Attorney General.

http://homeschooling.gomilpitas.com/laws/blTX.htm


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