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Austin, Texas Child Support Lawyer

Children are sometimes the unintended victims of a divorce or a relationships gone sour. Child support laws are meant to minimize the negative effect of divorce or separation on children — at least from a financial perspective. Whether you have children from a marriage or you are a single parent, we can help you ensure that your children get the support they deserve.

How Child Support Amounts Are Set Under Texas Law

Setting up the amount of child support is fairly straightforward in Texas. The basic child support guidelines have been established by Texas law, and state that the parent who has primary custody will receive child support based on the net disposable income of the non-custodial parent.

For example, if the couple has one child, Texas' child support guidelines state that the non-custodial parent will pay 20 percent of his or her net disposable income to the custodial parent. Payment of monthly child support can be arranged so that the funds are deducted directly from the obligor's paycheck and forwarded to the other parent.

Texas law allows parents to make child support agreements that differ from the legal guidelines if the agreement is in the child's best interest.

A trained and experienced family law attorney can help you and your ex-spouse reach an agreement about fair and reasonable child support amounts, either through mediation, collaborative law or litigation.


Changing Child Support Amounts of Enforcing a Child Support Agreement

The assistance of a lawyer may also be necessary to modify a child support order. If either parent's financial circumstances change, it may be necessary to modify the original child support agreement. Modifications of divorce decrees or of child support orders are much like an original divorce or SAPCR proceeding, in that a modification can be accomplished through mediation, collaborative law or an adversarial court proceeding.

At the law offices of Linda Stanley P.L.L.C., one of the most valuable services that we provide to our clients is helping them decide which type of conflict resolution process will work best for them and their families.

Legal assistance may also be necessary if the child support agreement is not being followed. Either parent may seek legal representation in a child support enforcement action — either to enforce the child support agreement or to defend against an unfounded Petition for Enforcement.

Contact Linda Stanley, P.L.L.C.

If you have questions about child support — before, during or after a divorce — we invite you to contact our offices to schedule a confidential consultation. Call 1-866-930-6377 or 512-961-7607, or send us an e-mail.