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Israel Houghton clarifies that Texas is not suing him for back child support

Christian music singer-songwriter Israel Houghton, 45, denied claims he was being sued by the Texas Attorney General’s Office for not paying child support for his two children. Houghton is now engaged to recording artist Adrienne Bailon, 33.

Sources privy to the matter said Houghton always goes “above and beyond” to take care of his children and confirmed Houghton’s ex did not file any lawsuit implicating him of trying to neglect his parental duties. Jojo Pada, Houghton’s representative, said the rumor, which was first reported by entertainment news network Bossip, was “inaccurate and misleading.” Further, the case that the Texas Attorney General’s Office planned to file against Houghton had nothing to do with child support. Pada added, “Mr. Houghton has and continues to provide financial support for the children at issue. Nothing in the filing by the Texas State Attorney General states or alleges otherwise.”

Our attorneys at Alexander & Associates provide legal services in Lewisville, Denton, Frisco, and other areas in Dallas. We handle family legal cases such as child support, child custody, and divorce, among others. Call our offices today at (972) 420-6560 to speak with a qualified member of our legal team.

Parents who are behind in child support payments will be denied vehicle registration renewals in Texas

Beginning December 2016, vehicle registrations will be cross-checked with child support records – parents who have missed as much as six consecutive months of child support payments won’t be allowed to renew their vehicle registrations, Texas Attorney General’s Office’s child support division spokeswoman Jance Rolfe said.

Despite welcoming efforts to collect child support debts, there are parties who are doubting the new plan to tie court-ordered payments to vehicle registration renewals, such as local tax assessor-collectors who are anxious that they will get the lion’s share of the blame for denied registrations.

In a statement, Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector Mike Sullivan said, “This is an administrative office. We are now being directed to act as enforcement for the Texas Attorney General and the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles and that concerns me.”

Sullivan added that there can be instances of longer vehicle registration wait times and more people driving without valid registrations as a result of the new ordinance.

Our family law attorneys at Alexander & Associates provide legal services to our clients in Lewisville, Denton, Frisco, and other areas in Texas. We handle divorce, alimony, child support, and other family law-related matters. Get in touch with a qualified member of our legal team by calling our offices today at (972) 420-6560.

Texas Supreme Court defines what happens to payments that don’t go through the child-support registry

The Texas Supreme Court made a decision on a matter that has been bewildering many parents in the state – if payments other than to a child-support registry can be considered a step towards the fulfillment of a court-ordered child support obligation. The high court, by deconstructing the stipulations of the Texas Family Code, ruled that in a child-support enforcement action, the trial court may take evidence of direct payments as confirmation of child-support arrearages.

For instance, under Chapter 154 of the Texas Family Code, the trial court can make a determination of the child-support obligation and determine the manner in which the payments can be made.

If you are currently dealing with a family legal matter such as child support, paternity actions, adoption, among others, it is important that you acquire the legal services of a family law attorney who will provide you with the personalized attention that you need. Do not hesitate to get in touch with our attorneys at Alexander & Associates by calling our Denton, Lewisville, or Frisco in Texas offices at (972) 420-6560 today.

New measure: no child support, no vehicle registration

The Texas Attorney General has crafted a new measure saying that parents who have not paid child support for six months will not be able to renew their vehicle registration.

Lubbock resident and family law attorney Christina Woods said the new measure could create more problems than it solves. Woods recognizes the fact that a lot of parents want to establish a relationship with their children even after a divorce, but sometimes personal problems make it impossible for them to pay child support on time. She noted, “You can lose a really good job and then end up behind the ball.” Another criticism of the new measure is that parents who are behind on their payments can enter into a payment plan with the agency, which could make the entire court order pointless, Woods said.

The attorneys at Alexander & Associates provide family law services for our clients in Lewisville, Denton, Frisco, and other areas of Texas. We have the legal skills, technical knowledge, and resources to fight on your behalf. Call our offices at (972) 420-6560 to discuss your legal options.

Federal government freezes funds for improvement of TX child support system

The Office of Attorney General Ken Paxton, Jr. has disclosed on Friday, December 4 that the federal Office of Child Support Enforcement has paused payments to Texas’ program of upgrading its child-support data system until its officials can be convinced that the upgrades are on track.

In a letter to Legislative Budget Board director Ursula Parks, Deputy Attorney General Maria Friesen said the federal government has halted payments to multinational consulting and technology company Accenture, and that payments will only resume once the company has submitted a “corrective action plan” that will ensure the Texas child-support data system project will be effective.

Friesen said the upgrade was much needed and that not doing so “would have resulted in runaway development costs, overly complex systems, increased maintenance costs, and significant delays” far into the future.

At Alexander & Associates, our family law attorneys understand how important child support payments are in the wake of a separation or divorce. We will work to protect your rights and uphold your child support agreement so that your children’s needs are always met. Call (972) 420-6560 to learn more about the services we offer.

Chris Brown contests child support amount, stops paying it

Entertainment news network TMZ’s sources reported that 26-year-old hip-hop recording artist Chris Brown has stopped fulfilling his child support obligations to former model Nia Guzman for their baby, Royalty.

According to the sources, Guzman requested $15,000 a month, which is when Brown stopped paying.

According to TMZ, Brown has been paying Guzman $2,500 a month for child support, but he stopped fulfilling his obligation in March due to the extreme demands for more money.

According to reports, Guzman plans to file a complaint requesting back payments and an increase in the monthly child support. Currently, she and the baby are living in Texas.

The attorneys at Alexander & Associates know that child custody and child support issues can be stressful, as the agreements decided upon will affect you and your child’s lives for years to come. For experienced legal advice and representation during the legal aspects of your child custody or child support agreement, call us at (972) 420-6560 today.

Texas man paid child support for 13 years, proves child was not his

Houston resident Willie Carson has finally been able to release himself from parental responsibility and child support after 13 years, now that Texas courts allow DNA testing as admissible evidence.

Texas law has recently accepted DNA evidence in court to terminate parental rights, a newly approved amendment to the system. Carson does not have to continue to pay child support going forward, but Texas regulations stipulate that, even after parental rights are terminated, that does not release the party from paying former debts. This means Carson will have to still pay back child support to the tune of $21,000 for a child that is not biologically his. There is currently no system in place to compensate a party in Texas who was erroneously ordered to pay child support.

The experienced and aggressive attorneys with Alexander & Associates can fight for your rights and work to ensure that this does not happen to you. Call our Denton offices at (972) 420-6560 to discuss the particulars of your case today.

Mathew Knowles sued for paternity a second time

Sixty-three-year-old Mathew Knowles, the father and former manager of Beyoncé, may now be obligated to pay child support to 30-year-old TaQuoya Branscomb, former lingerie model, after a DNA test proved his paternity.

Knowles was reportedly ordered by a judge in Houston to undergo the test after Branscomb claimed that he was the father as a result of a tryst in 2010 lead to the conception of their son. This would have taken place very soon after Tina Knowles filed for divorce from Mathew Knowles, also in 2010. Mr. Knowles is already paying child support to Alexsandra Wright for their young child.

If you need to sue for paternity in order to assert one’s rights as a father or to make sure the other parent is held accountable, Alexander & Associates may be able to help you. Call us today at (972) 420-6560 to find out more information about how paternity can affect various aspects of custody and child support proceedings.

Waco ISD board member owes over $45,000 in child support

Forty-two-year-old Colbert Murphy, who had been elected on Saturday, May 10 to the Waco, Texas Independent School District board, was found to have an outstanding debt of $45,000 in child support fees owed to Sartisse Washington, a woman he had an affair with 19 years ago, WacoTrib.com reported on May 14.

Murphy responded that his position and his personal life are completely separate entities, that “my issue with the attorney general’s office has nothing to do with my position on the school board.” He claimed that his personal issues will not affect his performance serving as a school board official.

The attorney general’s office placed a lien on Murphy’s assets in July 2013 amounting to $43,238 which has grown in arrears to $45,055, records from the county court showed.

If you are involved in any legal matters of a domestic nature such as child custody, child support, or divorce in Denton, Texas, get in touch with our attorneys at Alexander & Associates by dialing 972-420-6560 today.

Child support violators get arrested in Gregg County

Ten Gregg County, Texas parents who failed to pay child support for their children were arrested on Tuesday, April 1 by Gregg County Sheriff Maxey Cerliano and Longview Police Chief Don Dingler in cooperation with the Texas Attorney General’s Child Support Division. Officers with the Child Support Division provided logistical help in locating the missing parents.

Included in the list of parents taken into custody for not making their court-ordered payments are Sylvia Darlene Gonzalez, Benjamin Wazell Taylor, Adarius Qunta Davenport, Michael Gene Duxbury, Jr., Mykia Delores Pauley, James Edward Smith, Rufus Earl Humphries, Jr., Albert Johnson, Jr., Jesse Lee Martinez, and Joshua Lee Sullivan.

These arrests in particular focused on parents who were in contempt of court due to failing to make their support payments.

Whether you are the receiving or paying parent, when you are having child support issues in Denton, turn to our attorneys at Alexander & Associates for the help you need. You can reach us at (972) 420-6560 to find out more about the services we provide and how we can help.