Richmond, TX Child Support Lawyers
Representing Parents since 1992
One of the issues that must be resolved in any divorce or between unmarried parents is child support. Like other states, Texas has established child support guidelines comprising a fee schedule that calculates the amount of support required. If you need help obtaining, contesting, or otherwise resolving a child support matter, the Law Firm of Johnson & Gaskill, PLLC is here to help.
Our Richmond, TX child support attorneys have a comprehensive understanding of how courts handle this issue initially and when modifications are needed. We have helped thousands of parents with child support cases during our decades of practice dedicated to family law in Fort Bend, Brazoria and Galveston Counties.
Call our office at (832) 210-1698 to arrange to speak with one of our attorneys today.
How Do You Calculate Child Support in Texas?
In most cases, the non-custodial parent is the one to pay child support. Support payments are based on a percentage of a parent’s net income after specific deductions are taken.
Net income includes:
- Government benefits
- Retirement benefits
Other factors that determine a child support award include the number of children requiring support, the number of children supported from a previous relationship, and whether the paying parent is also obligated to pay alimony.
If the amount of support calculated is not fair to the paying parent, he or she may challenge the amount but will have to provide evidence to the court to obtain an adjustment. In these cases, the court has the authority to adjust the payments up or down to reflect a more equitable arrangement. Keep in mind that courts cannot order payments that exceed 50-65% of a non-custodial parent’s income.
How Do You Modify Child Support?
In some cases, a parent may seek a modification of a child support order. Modifications are often requested after significant events, such as when the parent remarries, loses a job, or relocates. Courts exercise broad discretion in modification requests. To successfully amend a child support order, you will have to prove that there is a serious need for the change.
Talk to a Seasoned Attorney about Your Case
Whatever facet of a child support issue you are facing, the Law Firm of Johnson & Gaskill PLLC can provide the reliable and trusted legal assistance you need. We work to maintain realistic expectations while diligently pursuing the results you are seeking.
Further reading: Unmarried Fathers’ Rights in Texas
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