Legal Guidance for Simple and Complex Child Support Matters
Legal Guidance Through Simple and Complex Family Transitions
It is essential to secure your child's future by assuring that child support obligations are correctly calculated and your child's needs are filled. At Stepp & Sullivan, P.C., our experienced team of attorneys will assure that you are receiving or paying the correct amount of child support.
Who pays for child support in Texas? Either or both parents may be ordered to pay child support regularly or in a lump sum, or both. Typically, the non-custodial parent, or the parent who spends the least amount of time with the child and with whom the child does not live, pays support. The amount that he or she must pay all depends on various factors and complex guidelines. It’s best to avoid attempting to calculate appropriate child support payments without competent legal counsel.
Texas Child Support Considerations
There are caps on the amount of child support paid in Texas. The non-custodial parent typically pays child support based on the following percentages:
- 20% of his or her net income for one child
- 25% for two children
- 30% for three children
- 35% for four children
- 40% for five children and
- At least 40 % for six or more children
The maximum monthly child support payment in Texas is currently based on a net income of $7,500 per month. Child support obligations continue in Texas until a child reaches the age of 18 or graduates from high school, whichever event occurs later.
Factors that May Affect a Child Support Payment
The court may consider several factors when determining a fair child support payment, including:
- The child’s age and needs
- The ability of each parent to pay support
- Available financial resources
- The amount of possession (custody) and access each parent has to the child
- Whether the parent has custody of another child
- The amount of alimony being received or paid by the parent
- Provisions for health care and education
- Employer benefits the parents receive
- Each parent’s obligations and debts
- The cost of traveling to visit the child
- Any wage or salary deductions
- Positive or negative cash flow from any assets
- Other factors
Above Guideline Child Support
It is possible to argue special circumstances are present in a case that will support a claim for "above guideline support." Many points can be argued for above guideline support such as:
- maintaining the lifestyle the child has become accustomed
- meeting the special needs of children with disabilities
- providing therapy for children
Child Support Enforcement
Courts can enforce their child support orders and often hold non-paying parents in contempt for failure to pay. Enforcement actions are highly technical lawsuits that require an experienced attorney. In Texas, enforcement methods may include wage garnishment, seizure of lottery winnings, seizure of tax refunds, and the suspension of a driver’s license.
Child Support Modification
As time goes by and situations change, it is often necessary to modify the child support terms. Is your child entitled to more support? Are you entitled to a reduction in the amount of your monthly child support? The experienced attorneys at Stepp & Sullivan, P.C., can answer these questions for you and can effectively make your case to the court.
Contact Experienced Child Support Lawyers in Houston
Child support is a critical matter in divorce involving minor children. If you have children, they deserve to have both parents contribute as equally as possible to their wellbeing. At Stepp & Sullivan, P.C., our child support lawyers in Houston can help you resolve a number of issues regarding child support in Texas. Our lawyers have more than 70 years of experience assisting parents trying to understand how the State of Texas handles support and other divorce matters. We are members of the Texas State Bar Association and are eager to protect your interests during this difficult time. Call (713) 336-7200 for a consultation or complete our contact form.