If anyone out there can answer a few questions for me, I would GREATLY appreciate it! About 5 years ago, my ex-wife filed a divorce behind my back, served my mom with the papers and sealed the deal without giving me the details (I got suckered into signing the paperwork after being told we would work things out). Anyhow, about 4 years ago, my ex-mother-in-law (whom is a snake in the grass), got a job at the local courthouse for the DA's office. She worked her way into the system and has based my child support case out of that county. Not to mention when the child support case came to court, they used a phone number to "contact" me in which had been disconnected for about a year and said "I was unreachable". After everything was said and done, I owed a whopping $500 per month when I only make $1200 per month (approx. 45% of my total monthly income) making it hard for me to survive. My question is this: Since I live in Texas and the mandatory amount for child support is 20% of my income, who do I contact to petition the courts to change the amount? Also, there is a clause in the decree stating that if I die, my child gets ALL of my belongings, no questions asked. I wish to change this because my ex-wife and her new live in boyfriend with their new baby, live under the roof of my ex-mother-in-law and neither have had a job in the past 3 years! So they're living off of my child support and doing nothing. Not only that, but they never return my phone calls and it is up to them to dictate if I get to see my daughter (haven't been able to see her in over 15 months). Now, I'm a week away from having my new born with my new wife, JUST got a new job and am having the child support taken out of my check (until I can get it lowered) and my ex-mother-in-law is up to it again, trying to sue for back child support since I lost my job last September. Is it conflict of interest since she works in the office in which the child support case is administered and overseen? Can I get it transfered to the county (or to a state level), so that it is not in the exact office in which she works? My daughter lives with her and my ex-wife, my ex-wife's live-in boyfriend and their new child.
Any help would be greatly appreciated! I want to see my daughter, lower my child support and see if there is a true conflict of interest in which I can present to the courts. Thank you to all whom have any advice to offer. I could use it right about now! Good day.