Plano, TX Child Support Attorneys
Ensuring Your Child’s Future is Stable
Are you worried that you will not be provided enough child support after your divorce concludes and your child could lose out on important milestones and opportunities as a result? Are you suspicious that your ex-spouse will ask you to pay far too much and it will put you under an unfair financial strain? In either situation, Albin Oldner Law and our Plano child support lawyers can help you. We are here to help you create, modify, or enforce a child support order so your child’s best interests are always upheld.
On This Page:
- What is Child Support?
- How is Child Support Determined in Texas?
- We Can Help – Find Out How
- Plano Child Support FAQ:
For information about child support orders in Plano, call (214) 225-4325 or contact our attorneys online.
What is Child Support?
Child support is used to ensure that a child of divorce is still financially supported, regardless of living arrangements. It is typically paid by the non-custodial parent to the custodial parent or the one who spends the most time with the child. A Texas family court judge can decide to rule differently using careful discretion, though, and considering the age, needs, and financial situations of both parents.
How is Child Support Determined in Texas?
Texas uses a specific set of guidelines to determine how much child support should be paid per month from the non-custodial parent to the custodial parent.
Current child support guidelines in Texas are:
- One child: 20% of net monthly resources
- Two children: 25% of net monthly resources
- Three children: 30% of net monthly resources
- Four children: 35% of net monthly resources
- Five children: 40% of net monthly resources
- Six children or more: At least 40% of net monthly resources
The child support guidelines are limited by caps, too. The current cap (circa 2022) that a non-custodial parent can pay per month is set at $7,500, no matter how many children are considered. Also, the net monthly resource cap is currently set at $8,550. Under this guideline, the most that a non-custodial parent would provide for one child is $1,710 or 20% of $8,550, no matter how much money the non-custodial parent made each month.
We Can Help – Find Out How
Divorce is stressful enough without the question of child support, too. To create a fair child support order that you and your spouse will agree on, and that benefits your child the most, come to Albin Oldner Law. Our Plano child support attorneys are standing by to hear from you and find a way to help. If you already have an agreed-upon child support order but your ex-spouse is not following it, then we can talk to you about how to best enforce it. No matter what, we’re on your side to tenaciously stand up for you and your child.
Call (214) 225-4325 for more information about child support in Plano, TX.
Plano Child Support FAQ
Can I receive child support arrears?
Child support arrears – or unpaid child support payments – are owed to you, up until four years after the child’s 18th birthday. If your ex-spouse has not paid child support for any amount of time, please let us know as soon as possible.
What is the penalty for failing to pay child support?
Parents who fail to pay child support as ordered by a family law court in Texas can be punished by fines and imprisonment. The court can also use property liens and driver’s license suspensions as punishments. More commonly, the first step taken against a parent who is behind on child support payments is to compel them to appear in court to explain why payments have been missed and to arrange a way to correct the situation.
What if the amount of support I'm receiving is no longer enough?
You can use a petition to request that the child support order is modified if the amount you are receiving now is no longer enough to reasonably take care of your child’s needs and special interests. Child support modifications can be even trickier than the initial case, so it is advised you only proceed with a lawyer’s help.
What if I believe I am paying too much child support?
Just as how you can use a petition to modify child support if you aren’t receiving enough, you can use the same type of petition to request to pay less. You will need to show the court why the reduction is necessary and how it won’t conflict with your child’s best interests.