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Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Sunday, September 25, 2005

Lawyer sues Texas officials over payments to attorneys representing children

A lawsuit filed Thursday claims that officials in Denton County,Texas have violated the Texas Constitution by paying for attorneys appointed in divorce cases. The lawsuit seeks to bar the county from making any more payments to attorneys representing children in cases not involving Child Protective Services or the state.  It is alleged that the lawsuit was brought after it was learned that District Court Judge Vicki Isaacks was billing the county for attorneys she appointed to represent children in divorce cases. . . . Texas family law specifies that counties are responsible for paying for attorney appointments in CPS and criminal cases, including nonpayment of child support. However, Professor Jack Sampson, who co-wrote Sampson & Tindall's Texas Family Code, said the county isn't obliged to pay attorney fees in private cases. By:  Dave Moore / Denton Record-Chronicle, The Dallas Morning News, here for complete story. (Last visited September 25, 2005, REO).

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