Colleyville Child Support Attorney
Board Certification Expertise in Grapevine, & Tarrant Counties
In Texas, as in other states, parents are expected to financially support
their children. This applies to parents who are separated, divorced, or
have never been married. The parent who spends the least amount of time
with the child is generally considered to be the noncustodial parent and
this is the parent who commonly pays child support.
If you are a parent who needs legal help with any type of child support
issue in or around the counties of Grapevine, or Tarrant, you can rely
on the Law Offices of Kate Smith, PLLC. I have helped hundreds of parents
obtain, modify, and contest various aspects of this issue through the
courts. As a Family Law Texas Board-Certified attorney I can answer all
of your questions, provide guidance in handling your legal needs, and
can help ensure that your parental rights are protected and advanced through
appropriate legal action. Attorney Kate Smith has 15 years of experience
providing support and representation to parents throughout the area.
Need help with a child support matter? Contact us at
817-381-7733 to discuss your needs with a
Colleyville child support lawyer.
Child Support in Texas
Parents want what is best for their children, but even in cases where parents
have an amicable relationship, disputes can arise over the payment of
child support. Such disputes generally revolve around how much a parent
can pay and the support payment that is requested. However, the amount
paid is determined through application of state guidelines to ensure it
serves the best interests of the children.
Texas provides child support guidelines that calculate what a parent is
required to pay based on several factors, such as:
- A parent’s net income after expenses
- The number of children being supported
- Health care costs
- Educational costs
Child support is required until a child reaches the age of 18 in Texas.
Parents can agree to pay more than the calculated amount set by the state’s
guidelines but they cannot agree to a lesser figure. In any event, the
amount of child support to be paid must be approved by the court. In some
cases, when the amount may be unfair to a parent of child, it can be adjusted
higher or lower by the court based on individual circumstances. Underemployment
or unemployment as a way to avoid child support obligations is not accepted
by the court. The court can still attribute the amount of income the parent
should make under normal circumstances.
Enforcement of Child Support
In cases where a parent refuses to pay child support, enforcement measures
can be taken through the courts. A delinquent parent can be held in contempt
of court, be sent to jail, and be forced to pay thousands of dollars in
fines. In Texas, it is a state jail felony to intentionally refuse to
pay support. It carries penalties of up to two years in jail and a fine
of up to $10,000. Other penalties include driver’s license revocation,
wage garnishment, liens on property, and more. If you are facing the loss
of much-needed support for your child, our firm can provide the legal
assistance you need in rectifying this situation.
In cases where financial circumstances or the needs of a child change,
a parent can seek a modification of the standing child support order through
the courts as well.
Get the Legal Assistance You Need Today
Child support is a vital matter in any child’s life to ensure his
or her health and welfare. At the Law Offices of Kate Smith, PLLC, I am
are here to provide the help you need to resolve your child support matter
effectively and efficiently.
Phone my office at
817-381-7733 to schedule a consultation today.