Family Law

Family law questions? Ask a family lawyer online.

Ask a Lawyer,
Get an Answer ASAP!

My husband left suddenly & didn’t pay the rent. I’m disabled…

Customer Question
My husband left suddenly...

My husband left suddenly & didn’t pay the rent. I’m disabled and have 2 children. I’m being evicted. Have to be out this Thurs. How can Ibget emergency hearing for child support/spousal support quickly before we are homeless?

Lawyer's Assistant: Because family law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?

Texas- Harris County

Lawyer's Assistant: Has anything been filed or reported?

Not yet. I can’t afgord an attorney & don’t know what to do.

Lawyer's Assistant: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?

Can you please help me?

Submitted: 6 months ago.Category: Family Law
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Family Law Question
Answered in 2 minutes by:
1/2/2018
Family Lawyer: Legal Eagle, Lawyer replied 6 months ago
Legal Eagle
Legal Eagle, Lawyer
Category: Family Law
Satisfied Customers: 13,366
Experience: Licensed to practice before state and federal court
Verified

Hello! I am a licensed attorney, admitted to practice in state and federal court. I have a nearly 100% satisfaction rating (click here for more info) so all that means is that you can count on me to help today. Because I want to provide you with the most accurate answer possible, do you mind if I take a moment to review your question?

Please keep in mind that our conversation does not include an attorney-client relationship and this is for general information purposes only.

Ask Your Own Family Law Question
Family Lawyer: Legal Eagle, Lawyer replied 6 months ago

If you are having these issues, you can simply file for a modification or request for child support with the courts and request an emergency hearing on the matter. You can just use some basic pleading paper (usually a microsoft word attachment) and fill out whatever forms are necessary that your county requires. You file that with the court. In the document, you will have to be sure that you want the court to schedule an emergency hearing. You should tell the court clerk this as well when you file.

You should provide a copy of the eviction notice as well so you can show the court that you need to hav a hearing ASAP.

In addition, please keep in mind that if you cannot get a hearing before you are to be evicted, you do not have to leave unless the landlord has a court order to have you removed from the property. I would recommend explaining to the landlord that you are looking for greater support and that once you are heard and a support order is entered, you will have them paid.

I'm very sorry to hear about your situation. What other questions did you have for me today?

Ask Your Own Family Law Question
Customer reply replied 6 months ago
Where do I go to get these forms to file??
Online??
Family Lawyer: Legal Eagle, Lawyer replied 6 months ago
It's critical you first draft your version of the facts and make the argument why your kids are entitled to greater support. Texas is not good with posting their forms online so you must go down to the courthousd to get them. Make three copies of your complaint and fill out the forms the court requires. It's possible no forms are required as well. You will file the request and the clerk will keep one copy and give two back to you. You need to serve one on the other parent and keep one. You should check your county courthouse online portal to see if a court date has been set or you can wait for the judge to send you a letter advising you if the court date. Did you have any other questions for me?
Ask Your Own Family Law Question
Customer reply replied 6 months ago
if we went to court for the eviction & judge ruled We have to move in 7 days is that the same as court ordered to leave the property?
Customer reply replied 6 months ago
The copy for the other parent, does it have to be certified or served by server or can I just hand it to him?
Family Lawyer: Legal Eagle, Lawyer replied 6 months ago
The answer to your first question is yes, it would be an order to leave the property. As far as service, usually it just has to be served by someone over eighteen and not a party to the case. Certified mail is not usually ever required.
Ask Your Own Family Law Question
Customer reply replied 6 months ago
If we’ve been ordered to evict is there anything we can do to make it a few days later??
Family Lawyer: Legal Eagle, Lawyer replied 6 months ago

You can appeal the eviction (assuming you have grounds to do so, e.g. if they evicted you because of the color of your skin) or, if the judge finds against you, you can tell them about your health issues and the fact you have minor children to set out a date that is well beyond 7 days to buy you more time.

Ask Your Own Family Law Question
Customer reply replied 6 months ago
How do we go about with the appeal?
Family Lawyer: Legal Eagle, Lawyer replied 6 months ago

Don't worry about the appeal yet if you don't have a court order from the lower court yet. I think that if you do have to appeal, you usually have to provide a notice of the appeal, draft up your reasons for the appeal, and file it with the court for their review. I couldn't tell you the exact specific process because I haven't done an eviction appeal in your state. However, the process is similar from state to state with some minor variations.

Ask Your Own Family Law Question
Customer reply replied 6 months ago
The lower court ruled we have 7 days. I never had a chance to speak or explain anything.
Family Lawyer: Legal Eagle, Lawyer replied 6 months ago
I see. Let me check my resources and get back with you.
Ask Your Own Family Law Question
Family Lawyer: Legal Eagle, Lawyer replied 6 months ago

Ok, here is some information from a non-profit TX group:

If you lose the hearing or there is a default, you can appeal within five days and remain in the property while the appeal is pending. If part of your rent is paid with federal funds (publichousing, subsidized housing, Section 8 rental voucher), make sure the JC’s judgment states the amount paid by the government and the amount to be paid by you. If this isn’t correct, you must file a written objection in JC within 5 days of the date of the judgment. This is important because you might have to deposit part of your rent while your appeal is pending and you want it to be what you actually owe.

If you click here, you can find more regarding the exact things you need to do near the bottom of the page.

Ask Your Own Family Law Question
Was this answer helpful?

How JustAnswer works

step-image
Describe your issueThe assistant will guide you
step-image
Chat 1:1 with a family lawyerLicensed Experts are available 24/7
step-image
100% satisfaction guaranteeGet all the answers you need
Ask Legal Eagle Your Own Question
Legal Eagle
Legal Eagle
Legal Eagle, Lawyer
Category: Family Law
Satisfied Customers: 13,366
13,366 Satisfied Customers
Experience: Licensed to practice before state and federal court

Legal Eagle is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

Not only did he answer my Michigan divorce question but was also able to help me out with it, too. I have since won my legal case on this matter and thank you so much for it.

LeeMichigan

Mr. Kaplun clearly had an exceptional understanding of the issue and was able to explain it concisely. I would recommend JustAnswer to anyone. Great service that lives up to its promises!

Gary B.Edmond, OK

My Expert was fast and seemed to have the answer to my taser question at the tips of her fingers. Communication was excellent. I left feeling confident in her answer.

EricRedwood City, CA

I am very pleased with JustAnswer as a place to go for divorce or criminal law knowledge and insight.

MichaelWichita, KS

PaulMJD helped me with questions I had regarding an urgent legal matter. His answers were excellent.

Three H.Houston, TX

Anne was extremely helpful. Her information put me in the right direction for action that kept me legal, possible saving me a ton of money in the future. Thank you again, Anne!!

ElaineAtlanta, GA

It worked great. I had the facts and I presented them to my ex-landlord and she folded and returned my deposit. The 50 bucks I spent with you solved my problem.

TonyApopka, FL

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Ely

Ely

Counselor at Law

11,971 satisfied customers

Private practice with focus on family, criminal, PI, consumer protection, and business consultation.

LawTalk

LawTalk

Attorney and Counselor at Law

9,034 satisfied customers

30 years legal experience. I remain current in Family Law through regular continuing education.

Dimitry K., Esq.

Dimitry K., Esq.

Attorney

7,856 satisfied customers

I provide family and divorce law advice to my clients in my firm.

P. Simmons

P. Simmons

Lawyer

3,593 satisfied customers

16 yrs. of experience including family law.

Barrister

Barrister

Lawyer

3,571 satisfied customers

Attorney with 17 years experience

RobertJDFL

RobertJDFL

Lawyer

2,991 satisfied customers

Experienced in multiple areas of the law.

ScottyMacEsq

ScottyMacEsq

Lawyer

2,828 satisfied customers

Licensed Texas General Practice Attorney

< Previous | Next >

Related Family Law Questions
I have a pending ex parte order that has a case # and judge
I have a pending ex parte order that has a case # ***** judge for full custody of my son. My husband relapsed with drinking and threatened to commit suicide and just got out of the psych ward today an… read more
N Cal Atty
N Cal Atty
Doctoral Degree
59 satisfied customers
Could I email the judge that signed off on my divorce and
Could I email the judge that signed off on my divorce and custody agreement and forced my ex husband and I to for thru mediation which I also had to pay for in a divorce that I didn't cause or asked f… read more
LegalKnowledge
LegalKnowledge
Juris Doctor
30,569 satisfied customers
I pay 410 in child support. My soon to be ex wife wants me
I pay 410 in child support. My soon to be ex wife wants me to pay half of daycare expenses. Which would be over 500 on my end. I can't afford that. I make 11.00 an hour. And I have loans to pay off. I… read more
lucy7368
lucy7368
Juris Doctor
763 satisfied customers
May I ask another question about child support? I'm having a
May I ask another question about child support?I'm having a baby in July in Texas. I moved to Florida in August last year and got my Florida driver's license in October. I am moving to Texas in 2 week… read more
Nisha Jones
Nisha Jones
Juris Doctorate
3,325 satisfied customers
When I went through my divorce last year my ex-husband
When I went through my divorce last year my ex-husband threatened to fight me for custody of our children. He had controlled my every move during our entire marriage. I was a stay at home mom and only… read more
INFOLAWYER
INFOLAWYER
Partner
Doctoral Degree
59,945 satisfied customers
My husband and I have been living separated for 2 and a half
My husband and I have been living separated for 2 and a half years now. Up until a month ago we were communicating and he led me to believe he'd get help and we'd be back together, not living in the h… read more
LegalKnowledge
LegalKnowledge
Juris Doctor
30,569 satisfied customers
Most recent child custody agreement was n a contested
Most recent child custody agreement was n a contested custody matter was dated June 14th, 2015. Since father did not get what he wanted in court he refused to sign final agreement. Finally on 07.30.20… read more
Ray
Ray
Lawyer
Doctoral Degree
33,336 satisfied customers
Parties: I am a veteran with a partial psych. disability.
Parties: I am a veteran with a partial psych. disability. Was a stay-at-home dad to my 2.5yo son, wife was corporate exec. Married 5yrs 4months, cohabiting 2yrs before that. Late marriage, both mid-40… read more
mmdesq
mmdesq
Attorney
Doctoral Degree
518 satisfied customers
Have 3 young children filed with the attorney general
have 3 young children filed with the attorney general for childsupport and lonestar legal aid for the divorce. The father/husband was served on March 17, 2015 to provide tax and income verification wi… read more
Phillips Esq.
Phillips Esq.
Attorney
JD
20,147 satisfied customers
I have been married years,my husband no longer loves
I have been married for 8 years,my husband no longer loves me and wants me to move out.I have been a home maker for him and have no money to leave,he keeps his finances and bank accounts unavailable t… read more
LawTalk
LawTalk
Attorney and Counselor at Law
Juris Doctor
9,034 satisfied customers
What aggressive options do I have at this point in my divorce?
What aggressive options do I have at this point in my divorce? I left the 3rd week of November with my child and have been near homeless with my child. My husband ignored the complaint and summons and… read more
Sam
Sam
Attorney
Doctoral Degree
10,701 satisfied customers
I have a question! My husband n have been married for 14yrs
I have a question! My husband n have been married for 14yrs n We have a 12 n 13yrs old children in the house n my husband is leaving the house that we have been renting for 10yrs that is own my mother… read more
FiveStarLaw
FiveStarLaw
Attorney
Doctoral Degree
477 satisfied customers
My niece is handicap, borne with spinal bifida, her husband
My niece is handicap, borne with spinal bifida, her husband has abandoned her and 2 children with no means of support and refuses to pay even child support. She can't get him to sign divorce papers an… read more
originallawyer
originallawyer
Attorney at Law
Doctoral Degree
905 satisfied customers
suffolk county, ny. My two youngest children and i reside at
suffolk county, ny. My two youngest children and i reside at a homeless shelter since april. i received a tier ii notice of discharge for failing to pay what social services determined to be my shelte… read more
Daniel Solutions
Daniel Solutions
Doctoral Degree
5,212 satisfied customers
My husband tells me that I dont have any right to his money.
My husband tells me that I don't have any right to his money. We get into such heated debate over my even asking, “how much DO we have?” and “What is your spending budget vs. mine since I'm just a hou… read more
TJ, Esq.
TJ, Esq.
Juris Doctor (JD)
11,423 satisfied customers
I have a diease called porphyria, which left me disabled.
I have a diease called porphyria, which left me disabled. My husband of 9 and 1/2 years just left for no reason. I know I can file for child support, but is there some kind of support for me? I can't … read more
Ray
Ray
Lawyer
Doctoral Degree
33,336 satisfied customers
A family memebers husband moved her and their 2 minor ...
A family memebers husband moved her and their 2 minor children into a mobile home on his mothers property. He has since left her and the children ages 6 and 3. She is not getting any money or support … read more
Walter
Walter
Just Answer Consultant
6,024 satisfied customers
Texas, Houston, Harris County....hubby has been calculated
Texas, Houston, Harris County....hubby has been calculated to owe $75,000 for back child support by Houston, from 1988. the 2 girls are 22 and 24 now. Hubby and our own 13 yr old pdd/autistic daughter… read more
dkennedy
dkennedy
Attorney
Juris Doctorate
27 satisfied customers

DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.

The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).

DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.

The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x