It can be incredibly frustrating to have to co-parent with someone who refuses to share the financial burden of raising the children you share. You may have even given up hope that anything would change, and have succumbed to sacrificing your own needs in order to take care of your kids, which isn’t fair or right. Don’t let another day go by without the resources you need to keep your kids safe and cared for. Hembree Bell Law Firm, PLLC, is an award-winning, highly-rated family law firm that will advocate on your behalf and fight for the outcome you want! We pride ourselves on becoming familiar with each family we work with obtaining a clear understanding of the goals you want to accomplish. Call our knowledgeable San Antonio child support lawyers to schedule your free, no-obligation case evaluation and let us begin building your case today!
Child Support In Texas
In the state of Texas, you may need an attorney to assist you in child support-related matters if you:
- Are calculating the amount of child support
- Are seeking temporary child support
- Are attempting to establish child support
- Need child support orders to be enforced
- Need prior child support orders to be modified
- Are required to attend a hearing involving the Attorney General
- Are seeking child support for children with disabilities
The parent required to make child support payments is referred to as the “obliger,” while the parent receiving the payments is referred to as the “obligee.” Typically, the obliger will be the non-custodial parent, or the parent who does not have primary custody (called the “possessory conservator” in Texas). In order to calculate how much the obliger will pay in support, the court will consider your net resources, and then multiply it by the percentage attributed to the number of children you have. However, calculations may be done differently depending on the particular circumstances of each case. Our seasoned San Antonio child support lawyers will be able to provide you with the most accurate calculation of the amount you could receive.
While Texas law does not definitively outline what child support funds are to be spent on, it is generally understood to be used to supply the child’s basic needs, including food, clothing, shelter, education (public), medical, and dental care. Child support orders must be followed until the child turns 18 or graduates from high school (whichever comes later); or if the child becomes emancipated by way of marriage, enlistment in the military, or a petition for legal emancipation to the court.
Circumstances That May Warrant Changes To Established Child Support Orders
Child support orders may be able to be modified if a significant change in circumstances impacts either you or your children. To begin modification proceedings, one parent must file a formal request to the court. It is better to begin this process sooner rather than later because a judge will not change amounts retroactively. Some events that could be considered a “change in circumstance” are:
- A spontaneous and involuntary drop in income
- A significant increase in income
- A significant change to the amount of parenting time
- A change in the number of children being supported
- A change in the needs of the child
If you believe a modification to the existing child support order is appropriate, you can rely on our capable San Antonio child support lawyers to put you in the best position to get results quickly and efficiently.
Trust Our San Antonio Child Support Lawyers To Fight For The Financial Relief You Deserve
Wanting to secure the funds you desperately need to raise your children comfortably is not greedy or selfish. Things are more expensive today than they’ve ever been, and you shouldn’t have to bear the burden alone! Call Hembree Bell Law Firm, PLLC, today to get answers to your questions and the support of an attorney who truly cares for your future. We offer free case evaluations and an unparalleled standard of service to all of our clients. Don’t wait, take control of your life today!