Frisco Child Support Attorneys
Helping Parents Get A Fair Shake with Texas Child Support Orders
Every parent going through a break-up or a divorce is concerned about child support.
- How much will I pay? Will it be too much?
- How much will I get? Will it be enough?
The Frisco child support lawyers at Albin Oldner Law, PLLC help divorcing and never-married parents get child support for the first time, modify an existing child support order, or enforce a child support order. Whatever your need or legal problem in the area of child support, we can help.
How is Child Support Calculated in Texas?
Texas statute provides a guideline for monthly financial support based on the number of children to be supported and the non-custodial parent’s net monthly income (currently capped at $7,500 a month). When there are more than four children, the court looks at the best interest of all parties and the overall financial situation.
The statutory guidelines are as follows:
|Number of Children||Guideline Amount|
|One||20 percent of net monthly resources|
|Two||25 percent of net monthly resources|
|Three||30 percent of net monthly resources|
|Four||35 percent of net monthly resources|
|Five||40 percent of net monthly resources|
|Six or More||Not less than 40 percent of net monthly resources|
When Can The Judge Deviate from the Texas Child Support Guidelines
Texas Family Court judges can deviate from the state guidelines based upon the facts and circumstances of the particular case. For instance, if the child custody agreement specifies equal or nearly equal parenting time, the judge may order reduced support or even no monthly child support.
Other factors that a judge may take into account when making the decision to order more or less child support include:
- The ages of the children
- The unique needs of the children, such as child care, medical care, educational assistance or college
- Existing child support obligations for children from previous marriages.
Getting Adequate Support by Proving Income
Many of the families we work with in the McKinney, Plano, Allen, Prosper, Celina, Denton and Frisco area are business owners, investors, executives, even celebrities. These households have significant and often complex finances where a parent’s income may be enmeshed with the income of a business, or they may have multiple streams of income.
All income should be considered when establishing an appropriate level of child support. If a business is regularly paying for a personal living expense – like a cell phone or an apartment – that is also income. Our firm handled a case in which our client believed she was owed additional support. The father of the children claimed he earned $2,000 a month but a review of his business finances showed that his business was paying more than $100,000 of his expenses every year. She was able to secure additional support.
Enforcing a Support Order
Are you having difficulty getting the support you are owed? Has your job situation or income changed so that you can no longer pay the amount the court ordered? Our Plano support modification lawyers help parents with enforcement of child support orders or modification of a child support order.
Meet with a Child Support Lawyer Serving Frisco, McKinney, Plano and Allen, TX
Schedule a time to meet with one of our Frisco family lawyers. We think you’ll enjoy the comfortable, informal atmosphere of our office, and find our lawyers easy to talk to, and ready to explain your legal rights and options.