In Texas, both parents must support their children financially, even after divorce. The child support agreement is based on a number of factors such as your child custody agreement and each parent’s income.
Whether you are seeking child support or are required to pay it, we can advise you on how to get the best situation for you. We can also help modify child support orders based on a significant change in circumstances.
Texas has guidelines for setting the amount of child support to be paid. Some of the factors used to calculate that amount are:
- the income of the parents
- child care costs
- health insurance costs
- pre-existing child support obligations
- unusual needs of the child
- ability of the parent to pay more or less than the standard amount
- fluctuations in income due to seasonal work, unemployment, or self-employment
Child Support In Divorce & Child Custody Cases
If you are parent with child custody, Texas law says you are entitled to child support. But actually getting the right amount in child support payments is not as easy as it seems particularly when your spouse doesn’t want to pay it, has several sources of income, claims false deductions, or is self-employed.
Child support obligations are usually determined by the Texas Child Support Guideline Formula, which takes into account such as the income of both parents, the number of children who need support and any special needs that the children have. In some cases, though, a deviation from the guidelines is necessary.
Child support matters arise in many situations in family law. Child support orders usually go hand-in-hand with child custody suits and divorces in Texas. Child support is important as it directly affects your child and the care that he or she will receive. Therefore it is critical to correctly calculate the right amount of child support.
San Antonio child support attorney James Meyrat has handled many child support matters. James Meyrat will help you guide through common problems in child support cases like underreporting of income, getting health care coverage for your child, and making sure you don’t negotiate away your right to child support because your spouse intimidated you.
Contact James Meyrat (210) 733-6235 for a consultation to discuss your family law case and get the maximum child support you and your child deserve.
Modification of Child Support
Any time there is a change in income, number of children, or possession of the children, a modification of child support may be needed. Maybe the father of the child is making a lot more money than he was three years ago or maybe a lot less. Or, maybe recent events or diagnosis have caused your child to receive special needs like medication, therapy, or special education which costs a lot of money.
Typically, under a Texas order, child support is not automatically modified when a change occurs, but rather a suit for modification of child support must be filed. Regardless of whether you are receiving or paying child support, James Meyrat, will aggressively represent you in a child support modification. He will make sure you and your child receive the maximum child support you and your child deserve.
Behind in Child Support Payments?
If you are behind in child support, you can be placed in jail for up to 6 months and on community supervision for up to 10 years. There are also many other avenues available for collecting past due child support, including: liens, levies, garnishments, and IRS intercepts. You need to get a handle on your child support obligations before they spiral out of control.
If you are facing a child support enforcement action, contact family law attorney James Meyrat to discuss your best options to beat an enforcement action and avoid going to jail. James will look at all possible defenses and arguments to reduce your child support arrears and even explore the effectiveness of filing a couterclaim against the other parent trying to collect child support.
While you may not have enough money to meet your child support obligation today, retaining a lawyer for these matters will pay off and save you money in the long term by giving you time to catch up, reducing your current monthly payments,and reducing your accumulated backpay or child support arrears.
As a child support attorney in San Antonio, Texas, James Meyrat, will protect your child support rights. James works within the family law system to establish child support in original suits, modify child support, and enforce child support obligations that are delinquent.
The Law Office of James Meyrat represents both in-state and out-of-state clients in matters of child support. If you have an issue involving child custody, child support or visitation, contact us at (210) 733-6235 or online today for a free consultation. We look forward to answering your questions and finding the legal solutions that are right for you.
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