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Establishing, Modifying & Enforcing Support Orders in Texas

An experienced attorney can help you establish child support, modify a previous order, or enforce an order of child support. Financial disputes over the amount of support usually emerge because a parent is not acting in good faith, such as when a parent simply refuses to support their child. Our Austin child support attorney at Hembree Bell Law Firm can work with you to stop such cases from spiraling out of control.

Do I Need to Hire a Child Support Lawyers?

Some of areas of representation where an attorney may be necessary include:

  • When you are calculating the amount of child support

  • When you are seeking temporary child support

  • When child support is established

  • When child support is to be enforced

  • When prior child support orders are being modified

  • During attorney general hearings

  • When seeking child support for children with disabilities

In short, representation is important for anything to do with your child support matter. Any decisions or orders involving your child are serious and you cannot take them for granted.

What Does the Court Consider for Child Support?

The court considers your net resources when calculating your child support amount. To get your net income, things such as the amount for Social Security, federal income tax, and your medical insurance premium are subtracted from your gross income. Your expected child support payment is your net resources amount multiplied by the percentage attributed to the number of children you have. For one child, you multiply the net resources by 20% but then add 5% for each subsequent child. For example, you multiply the net resources by 25% if you have two children, 30% if you have three children, and so on.

However, the net resources should not be more than $7,500. An obligor’s net resources may be calculated in different ways depending on the circumstances of a particular case. The obligor is the term used for the person paying the child support. Net income may differ if the obligor is paid hourly, receives a salary, receives benefits or commissions, and more.

How Much Is Child Support in Texas?

The guidelines are not always what determine the amount the obligor will be ordered to pay by the court. The court can also adjust the child support amount if the obligor’s net resources exceed $7,500 or when a parent convinces the court that the amount is not in the “best interest of the child.”

Other factors apart from the guidelines that a court may consider when determining the amount that should be paid include:

  • Whether one parent has custody of another child

  • The needs and age of the child

  • Financial resources are available for the support of the child

  • The debts assumed by both parents

  • Whether a child has special healthcare or educational needs

  • Any benefits that an obligor or oblige receives from employer or business entity

  • The amount deducted from wage or salary income or from any type of compensation for personal services of the parties

The obligor can only stop paying child support when the child turns 18, gets married, graduates from high school, or is emancipated.

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