Family First Segments from Live @ Five, KFDM, Channel 6

How Does Domestic Violence Affect Child Custody?

Board Certified family attorney Sonya Coffman answers the questions of Southeast Texas KFDM News viewers. These questions include: How does domestic violence affect custody? When will the state take action against someone behind in child support payments? What rights does an out of state parent have with a young child? Is allowing a child to smoke electronic cigarettes abuse? … [Read more...]

Family First – Who Pays for Extra Curricular Activities and College Tuition?

Board Certified family attorney Sonya Coffman answers the questions of Southeast Texas KFDM News viewers. These questions include: Who pays for Extra Curricular Activities and College Tuition after a divorce? How can I change a child's last name if I don't have legal custody of the child? Can a divorce be granted if a parent hasn't completed a Court ordered parenting class? How can I get … [Read more...]

Child’s Right to Sue Parents for College Tuition

Board Certified family attorney Sonya Coffman answers the questions of Southeast Texas KFDM News viewers. These questions include: Can a child sue parents for college tuition? Can a child's last name be changed if their biological father never signed the birth certificate? What is the legal requirement to have a non-relative present in an Intensive Care Unit? What are the steps to … [Read more...]

Family First – Child Pregnacy Questions

Board Certified family attorney Sonya Coffman answers the questions of Southeast Texas KFDM News viewers. These questions include: Can a jail sentence be imposed if someone is found in contempt of court? Where can I find documents to file for divorce if I don't want to hire an attorney? … [Read more...]

Family First – National Child Abuse Protection Month

Board Certified family attorney Sonya Coffman answers the questions of Southeast Texas KFDM News viewers. These questions include: Who is required to report child abuse? Will you be required to testify if you report suspected abuse? How do you report suspected abuse? If a parent relinquishes their parental rights, can they ever get them back? When can a child decide which parent they … [Read more...]

Does Medicinal Marijuana Use Affect Child Custody?

Live at Five's family attorney Sonya Coffman answers questions submitted by KFDM News viewers. These questions include: Does medicinal marijuana use affect child custody? How do I start social security benefits for my child? Is child support still required if the child does not live with either parent? How can you terminate the parental rights of someone who is behind in child support … [Read more...]

Child Custody Decisions – What Judges Look at

Live at Five's family attorney Sonya Coffman answers questions submitted by KFDM News viewers. These questions include: What do judges look at when determining custody? Why are parenting classes mandatory? Why aren't fathers generally awarded custody? Can a grandparent be granted visitation? Who gets custody of children if both parents pass away without a will? … [Read more...]

Delinquent Child Support, Child Custody and Texas Common Law Marriage

Beaumont, Texas Family Law Attorney Sonya Coffman answers family law questions submitted by KFDM news viewers including: How far behind on child support does my ex have to get before the Attorney General will do something? What are the requirements to be common law married (informally married) in Texas? What would cause a mother not to have custody of her child? … [Read more...]

Divorce and Dealing with an Ex Avoiding Child Support

Southeast Texas Board Certified family attorney Sonya Coffman answers questions submitted by KFDM News viewers. These questions include: How do you get a divorce if you don't know the location of your spouse? What can be done if your ex is avoiding paying child support? … [Read more...]

Child Support and Visitation

Live at Five's board certified family attorney, Sonya Coffman, answers questions submitted by Southeast Texas KFDM News viewers. These questions include: How can you get off of paying child support if you find out that your are not the real parent of the child? Is visitation the same with infants as it is with older children? … [Read more...]