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Every parent wants to ensure that his or her children have the things they need in life: a safe home, a good school, and the ability to develop their unique talents and skills. Adequate financial support is essential to meeting these needs.
At the Law Office of Arthur G. Augustine, our San Antonio child support attorneys help mothers and fathers get child support orders that are fair, reasonable, and appropriate to the needs of their children in cases of divorce or paternity. In addition to the initial step of securing child support, I also assist parents who need to:
Texas Child Support Guidelines
In Texas, as in other states, the amount of child support a parent will pay is largely defined by the Texas child support guidelines and the amount of time the child is in each parent's custody.
Judges do have some discretion to change the amount of the support order, however, especially when parents have considerable financial assets or when the child has significant needs. It is the role of the San Antonio child support attorney to document for the court why there should be a deviation in the child support order.
Modification of Child Support
It is not uncommon for parents to find that they need to request a modification of an existing child support order at some point. Family circumstances change, income increases (or decreases)—these are valid reasons to ask a family court judge to review and modify your child support order.
Parents sometimes negotiate child support agreements privately. While I always look for ways to help parents arrive at agreements on their own, I urge clients not to bypass the court in child support matters.
How is child support calculated?
Gross monthly income minus
1. Social security taxes
2. Federal income taxes
3. Union dues
4. Health insurance premiums for the child/children.
The above calculation will provide the net resources available. The Net Resource figure is to be calculated as a monthly figure.
Application Of Guideline Percentages: The Net Resource figure (up to $6,000.00) will be multiplied by the guideline percentage. The needs of the child/children justify doing so.
Court can set the child support above the guideline number if the needs of the child/children justify doing so.
San Antonio Child Support Attorney Can Help You Modify Child Support Order?
Child support may be increased or decreased. The first step is to file a modification suit in the court that granted the divorce. The grounds for modifying an existing order of child support are that there has been a change in circumstances since the date of the last order and a different order for child support is appropriate now. Generally, the change in circumstance is based upon an increase in earnings by the paying party or an increase in expenses for the children or both. However, the change in circumstance may also be based on a decrease in earnings that is involuntary.
San Antonio Child Support Lawyer Can Setup Withholding Of Child Support Payments
Yes, through a withholding order. The Decree of Divorce will state what amount of child support is to be paid and order the payor to deliver that amount to the other parent. The withholding order is addressed to any person or business that employs the payor. The order states the amount of support the payor is to pay and orders the employer to withhold up to 50% of the payor’s paycheck for that purpose.
Delivery of the withholding order to the employer creates a duty to immediately begin deducting the child support from the payor’s paychecks. If the employer fails to withhold the child support, the employer becomes liable for payment of it.
Contact Your Child Support Attorney If Need To Deviate From Child Support Order?
When the needs of the child require it. Some common examples are: a) a child with a medical condition that requires ongoing treatment or b) a child with learning disabilities who needs tutoring or special schools.
Other issues in Texas:
The stakes are simply too high. Allow me to bring your case forward. This will protect you should the other parent later claim that you did not pay.
To speak with a San Antonio child support lawyer regarding child support enforcement or obtaining an initial child support order call now us at (210) 299-4777