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Every parent only wants what’s best for their children. However, during situations like divorce and legal separation, things can get hectic.
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Child support is a legal obligation that must be used for basic expenses such as food, housing, clothing, medical care, and school. No matter what, child support will be part of any divorce or custody decision. Each state is required to follow laws that govern the amount of child support to be paid. We can help you make the best case possible to care for your family.
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In Texas, child support guidelines are income-based and laid out in Chapter 154 of the Texas Family Code. We can help determine where you fit within these guidelines.
For example, if a client makes $7,500 or less per month, he or she must pay 20% of their resources for one child, 25% for two children, 30% for three children and so on.
Under certain rare occasions, the courts may deviate from standard guidelines, and we are here to help you with that situation, too, should it arise.
If you are a Texoma parent who is struggling with child support questions, it is of utmost importance to consult a child support expert to make sure your children are financially taken care of.
If negotiations aren’t possible, Mr. Nix can help prepare a strong argument for your litigation case.
The website for the Attorney General of Texas offers a Monthly Child Support Calculator. This calculator provides an estimate for a single source of income. The actual amount set or approved by the court may differ.
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When you choose the John Nix Law Office, you’re choosing legal professionals who will work endlessly to protect your child’s legal rights. Call us today for an initial consultation.
Every parent only wants what’s best for their children. However, during situations like divorce and legal separation, things can get hectic. We understand and realize this, and we empathize.
Modifying Child Support
The court-ordered amount can only be changed by a court hearing or a Child Support Review Process (CSRP). If you stop making payments, the amount you owe will continue to grow. Unpaid child support has a 6% interest rate in Texas, which means you will owe more money if you stop or pay less than your payment amount. If your circumstances have changed, your order may be eligible for review and modification if one (or more) of the following is true:
- The order was established/last modified more than three years ago.
- The monthly amount of the child support order differs by either (a) 20% or (b) $100 from the amount that would be awarded, according to child support guidelines.
A material and substantial change in circumstances has occurred since the child support order was last set. In relation to receiving a modification, this phrase applies to one of these situations:
- The noncustodial parent’s income has increased or decreased
- The noncustodial parent is legally responsible for additional children
- The child’s (or children’s) medical insurance coverage has changed.
The child (or children) are now living with a different parent.
Enforcing Child Support
When a parent doesn’t pay child support, there can be many consequences for both the parent and child.
Emotional and financial support by both parents creates a consistency in the family unit. When child support payments aren’t made, many actions can be taken to enforce the court order. These can include court action, license suspension (drivers, hunting, fishing, etc.), credit reporting, liens, credit bureau reporting, civl or criminal contempt, passport denial, and more.
It is a very real possibility for a parent to be placed on probation or incarcerated due to unpaid child support.