Seeking And Enforcing Child Support Obligations In Texas

Enacted by the Texas Legislature, the Texas Child Support Guidelines are used to make child support awards more or less standard throughout the state. Typically, according to the Texas Child Support Guidelines, the noncustodial parent will pay child support, regardless of the sex of that parent.

In an ordinary situation, child support stops when the child reaches the age of 18 or graduates from high school, whichever is later. If a child is disabled, in some instances, support can be ordered beyond this point. In certain instances, payment of college expenses, private school expenses or expensive extracurricular activities can be negotiated for — although a court cannot order payment of these expenses.

At the law office of Prater & Ridley Attorneys At Law, we help parents understand the child support guidelines and help ensure they receive the support to which they're entitled. We can educate you about your options, and determine if your support payments are not in accordance with the standard guidelines.

Child Support Concerns

Child support is awarded to noncustodial parents to help ensure they have the financial means needed to continue providing their children with their current lifestyles. However, if the designated child support payments are not made, it can be difficult for parents to provide for their children.

Modification Of A Support Order

Financial circumstances can change, and when they do, it can be difficult sometimes for noncustodial parents to continue fulfilling their obligation under a support order. In order for the courts to consider changing a support order, evidence must be presented that shows there has been a "material and substantial change in circumstances."

Our lawyers know how to effectively meet this burden of proof established by state law. We work with our clients to prove their need to have a support order decreased. We even have experience helping custodial parents seek an increase to their support order.

Get Help Presenting Your Case

Whether you have questions about the child support guidelines or need help with enforcement, our team can provide the counsel you need. Learn more by scheduling an initial consultation. We can be reached through our online contact form or by calling our office in Temple, Texas, at 254-773-9081.