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J. Darlene Ewing Intro

J. Darlene Ewing specializes
in Family Law, and helping families.

Darlene Ewing is well known as a tough negotiator and taking the action necessary to make sure that the interest of your family is priority one.

About Darlene Office Info Staff

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We have collected answers to most common questions we hear from new clients.

Getting a divorce is never easy, our years of experience has afforded us some useful insight.


Forms for TX Divorce

A Quick overview of the Frequently Asked Questions
About Child Support in Dallas Texas

This information will be very helpful.

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The Texas Divorce Law Covers 
how to modify a divorce settlement.

This Frequently Asked Questions About Divorce Modifications is Helpful.

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Child Custody in Dallas TX

Child Custody FAQ

This FAQ covers some of the most common question we here in Dallas Custody Cases

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Child Custody

Child Custody Dallas TX

Custody may be the most emotional issue in a divorce
It may also be the most important for the child.

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Child Support

Child Support

The non-custodial parent
has responsibilities to the child. Texas has a standard formula for support, but it does not solve complex issues

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Family Law litigator serving the Dallas area

Family law, by its definition, involves issues that are the most sensitive and personal to our lives.Divorce in Dallas

It involves your children, your most intimate relationships, and your finances. It is not always easy to navigate the family law system which has its own rules, procedures and requirements.
Darlene Ewing has the years of experience and knowledge to be that guide.

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J. Darlene Ewing

Darlene Ewing

The Law Offices of J. Darlene Ewing is a solo practice.  Darlene has been licensed since 1978 when she graduated from the University of Texas at Austin School of Law.  She is a graduate of East Texas State University having graduated with highest honors in 1975.  In 1986 she was certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Family Law which requires re-certification every five years.  She has been certified as a family law specialist for twenty-six years.  Darlene began her legal career with Dallas Legal Aid Society.  She was chief attorney for the Dallas County Child Support Department.  Since 1982 she has been in private practice practicing family law.  She has been named a Super Lawyer by Thomas Reuters as published in Texas Monthly Magazine in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, and 2011.


Are you paying child support for a child that isn't yours?

One of the most difficult issues for courts is whether a man should pay child support for a child not his biological child. Sounds like a simple no, but in actuality it is a complicated issue. In thousands of cases men are paying court-ordered support for children not their biological children. Why? Many married men do not find out until long after a divorce that the wife was cheating and children he thought were his are not. Many unwed fathers are told they are fathers by women who are mistaken or just lying. Acknowledgments of paternity are presented at the hospital. The Attorney General files child support cases and men are asked to sign on the dotted line. Not knowing the truth or not being willing to challenge the mother and appear to be questioning her integrity, men simply agree to pay. Then after often establishing a father/child bond, they are told, usually in a fit of anger, they are not the real father. Until recently they had no recourse. As of May 12, 2011, the law has given them an option.

If a man has a court order declaring him to be the father of a child; he can challenge that order by filing a suit for termination. This is only available if no genetic testing was done before he signed an acknowledgement of paternity or was declared by court order to be the father. It is not available to men who adopted a child. Upon filing the petition, the man must establish a prima facie case that he is not the biological father. If he has a meritorious claim, the Court must order genetic testing. If testing shows that he is not the biological father, the Court must terminate the relationship. This stops all child support payments. It does not, however, waive any arrearages owing at the time of termination. In addition, if the father can establish that it would be significantly harm a child to stop possession, the man could ask for visitation rights to the child which believes he is his father.

The time for filing a termination is not unlimited. Once a man has reason to believe he is not the biological father of a child, he has ONE YEAR, from the time he believes he is not the father to file a petition for termination. For men who have orders in effect at the time the legislature passed the new law, they have until SEPTEMBER 1, 2012, to file a petition for termination, regardless of when their child support order was entered.

Finally, the law has caught up to the facts of real life. Not every father paying child support is really the father. It is unfortunate for children that they are caught up in adults’ deceptive lies; but studies show that men who do not believe they are the real father are less likely to pay their court ordered child support. Now they have an opportunity to rectify the mistake. The days of whining about false paternity are over. Now it’s time to take care of business.


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By Reuters as published in Texas Monthly Magazine 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011

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605 Hwy 80 E, Suite A
Sunnyvale, Texas 75182
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