In Texas, both parents are held responsible for financially supporting their children. This is true even if one or both parents are minors, and whether the pregnancy was intended or not. If the parents of a child do not live together, the noncustodial parent is required to pay child support, to help address the financial needs of raising the child, until that child turns 18 or graduates from high school, whichever comes later.
The state attorney general is responsible for the establishment, enforcement, and modification of child support orders. All child support payments must go through the office of the attorney general. Failure to pay child support by the noncustodial parent can result in wage withholding, tax refund forfeiture, property liens, and license suspensions.
Every child support case is different. Some are fairly straightforward, while others are complicated and filled with obstacles. In either case, disagreements are sometimes to be expected from the other parent. Having an experienced, knowledgeable child support attorney by your side is the smartest way to speed up the process while protecting your interests and the best interest of your child. An expert family law attorney can help you formulate a plan that will best allow you to achieve the outcome you want. They can help you get an order that establishes the amount of child, medical, and dental support the noncustodial parent must pay each month. The order can also address conservatorship as well as possession and access schedules.
We have those skilled family lawyers who can help you put child support confusion and disputes in the past. We are the law firm of Scroggins Law Group, PLLC. Our attorneys have several years of experience to draw from and a vast amount of knowledge regarding family law to use when analyzing your case and advising you on how best to proceed.
Child support challenges can include, but are not limited to:
Child support is based on guidelines for net income and is revised every six years. The current standards for child support are:
Many factors can affect child support, especially since the judge has the discretion to raise or lower the amount of support suggested in the child support guidelines. It may be taken into consideration if the noncustodial parent has children in another household. The specific needs of the children who are in the suit is a major factor that may be taken into consideration. This includes not only the basic needs like clothing, food, and shelter, but also health and medical care, extracurricular activities, counseling, tutoring, and other needs that may arise. Child support may also be extended beyond high school graduation or the child’s 18th birthday if the child has mental or physical disabilities that would warrant the need for extended support.
We, here at Scroggins Law Group, PLLC have over 25 years of family law experience and a record of positive results in the courtroom in the Dallas area. Both Mark Scroggins and John Withers are board-certified in family law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Fewer than 1.5% of all lawyers in the state of Texas are board-certified in family law. Our approach to your problems is both compassionate and aggressive. We do what needs to be done for the benefit of our clients, always keeping their best interests in mind. We know that if you are in need of child support it can be extremely overwhelming to even know where to begin. We are here to walk you through every step of that process. Our vast experience and knowledge of the child support laws in Texas will allow us to analyze your situation and guide you on how to best proceed to make sure that you and your family are receiving what they deserve.
Contact Scroggins Law Group, PLLC, today to arrange an initial consultation. We can meet with you in person, via telephone, or video conferencing applications such as FaceTime, Skype, or Zoom. During the initial consultation, an attorney can answer all your questions, discuss your situation, and explain how to get the process started in order to help you achieve your goals. Call us at 214-469-3100 or send an email message, we are here to help you with your child support needs. Scroggins Law Group, PLLC routinely assists clients throughout Collin County, Dallas County, Denton County, and Tarrant County and are well versed in the policies and procedures of those courts.
*Mark L. Scroggins is *board-certified in family law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Unless otherwise noted, other attorneys are not *board-certified.
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