Saturday, December 31, 2005
Attorney General Greg Abbott has ruled that a $30 fee that the Texas Legislature tacked on to newly filed divorce cases in 2005 is unconstitutional. The fees were earmarked for educational programs designed to combat child abuse and neglect. In an opinion issued Wednesday that has the force of law unless the Legislature or a court overturns it, Abbott ruled that the Family Protection Fee would have violated the Texas Constitution's guarantee of open access to the legal system. Source: John Moritz, Star-Telegram, star-telegram.com. For the complete story, please click here (last visited December 31, 2005, reo).