Every child has the right to be financially supported by both parents
When parents divorce, separate, or otherwise end the relationship, the court may order the non-custodial parent to pay a certain portion of his or her income to the custodial parent for child support.
In Texas, these payments must continue to be paid until the child reaches 18 years of age or graduates from high school (whichever occurs later).
However, if the child becomes emancipated before this time the non-custodial parent is no longer required to pay for financial support.
Enforcement Actions: Failure to Pay Child Support
If the non-custodial parent falls behind on support payments, measures will be taken to ensure both overdue and regular payments are made to the custodial parent. Some of those enforcement measures include:
- Wage withholding (deduction of payments from the non-custodial parent’s paycheck)
- Filing liens against the non-custodial parent’s assets
- Filing a lawsuit against the non-custodial parent
- Collecting funds that are due from state or federal sources (tax refunds, etc.)
- Jail sentence and judgement for non-payment
Angela Stout and the child support lawyers of The Stout Law Firm, P.L.L.C. in Houston are experienced in a number of family law matters.
We will ensure that you are able to obtain a support order in the proper amount and that you will be able to enforce the terms of the order once issued. If circumstances have substantially changed since the original support order, Ms. Stout can also help you request a modification of the support order.
Calculating Child Support in Houston, Texas
In Texas, the amount of support a parent may be obligated to pay is regulated by statutory guidelines. The guidelines take into account the income of the non-custodial parent, along with the number of children before the court, and the total number of children the parent has a legal duty to support.
If you are interested in better understanding these guidelines, take a look at our blog post about calculating child support payments in Houston, Texas or contact us to talk to a child custody attorney.
Although the guidelines are presumed to be in the best interest of the children, this presumption may be rebutted in certain circumstances. A party may offer evidence relating to the specific needs of a child, the amount of parenting time exercised by each party, or other case-specific factors which may warrant a deviation from the guideline. Such deviations may give the custodial parent access to a greater amount of support funds.
Since the guidelines vary from case-to-case, the calculation of child support funds can become complex. Angela Stout is well-versed in family law and can offer you a better understanding of your obligations as your support attorney.
Have a Child Support Case in Houston? Contact Angela A Stout Today.
For more information about the options available to you, contact The Stout Law Firm, P.L.L.C. No matter what assistance you need for your specific circumstances, Angela Stout and our lawyers can help.
Whether you want to file for a support order, modify an existing order, or get information about enforcement, Ms. Stout will provide you with the legal guidance needed to begin the process.