Understanding the Guidelines
The state of Texas determines child support awards based on a set of general guidelines. Calculations for the award amount focus on:
- The income of each parent
- Any necessary child care costs
- Health insurance
- Any pre-existing financial obligations to the child
- Special needs of the child
- The number of children in need of support
While these guidelines help dictate the calculation of the child support award, it is still important to have a lawyer’s assistance. Our extensive experience and in-depth knowledge of the guidelines allow us to make sure that all calculations and numbers are accurate. Every circumstance is unique, and there may be factors that are not immediately obvious that should be considered.
Advocating for Enforcement and Modification
When your circumstances change, it is possible to seek a child support modification. If you’ve had a significant change in income, lost your job, or are taking over responsibilities and custody for the other parent, contact a family law attorney to petition for a modification to the agreement.
If the other parent is not making their payments, it is possible to bring forth an enforcement suit. While the Texas attorney general’s office handles these issues, an attorney will advocate on your behalf and assist you in presenting your case. There are several tactics for child support enforcement, including garnishing wages, holding tax refunds, seizing assets, and placing liens on real estate or retirement plans.
Pursuing Your Best Interests
If you are considering divorce, are a single parent needing to establish paternity, or would like to seek a modification to your current award, contact us today. Call our office to speak with our knowledgeable child support lawyer. Located in Austin, we are dedicated to assisting families throughout the community. Serving Williamson County, Travis County, and Hays County.