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Children Deserve Emotional, Physical and Financial Support

While it is important to physically support your child, they need you in other ways as well. Goldsberry Portz Divorce & Family Lawyers, PLLC, has worked with thousands of families throughout Texas who need assistance. Making sure your children are financially secure is crucial. However, it isn’t always easy to reach a solution. Our attorneys understand the law and can explain potential options based on your needs. You can expect clear communication and answers to all your questions.

Our team of lawyers knows how complicated these cases can be. Our founding attorney, Shari Goldsberry, is Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. This distinction makes her uniquely qualified to handle the most complex disputes. We aim to set clear expectations so that everyone is on the same page. Having an attorney who knows how the system works is the best way to eliminate any potential errors.

How Child Support Is Determined

When it comes to child support, there are several factors that a court will use to determine what is fair. In general, it is based on the noncustodial parent’s income and a statutory formula. This includes your wages, salary, commissions, tips, and bonuses. A judge will then subtract what you owe in taxes and health insurance.
 
They also take into consideration the number of children you must support. Some noncustodial parents are expected to pay for the child’s health insurance, which is another factor that a judge will consider. We have substantial experience working with these complex calculations and we can help you obtain what is best for your children.
 
Once the appropriate number is determined, a court can decide how long you are required to pay. It could be short-term, or it could be until the child turns 18. It is also possible to challenge their order if you do not think it is fair. No matter what you are going through, our attorneys can help you work towards the best solution.

Texas Child Support Calculation Formula

While there are many factors that can adjust child support payments. Initial child support calculations in Texas are determined using a precise formula that relies mainly on the net monthly income of the noncustodial parent. The percentages used are as follows:

  • 20% for one child
  • 25% for two children
  • 30% for three children
  • 35% for four children
  • 40% for five children
  • Not less than 40% for six or more children

 

The monthly net resources amount subject to child support calculation is capped at $9,200. The percentages mentioned are applicable only up to this limit, but courts have the authority to mandate extra payments for individuals with high incomes or under special conditions.

Adjustments for Special Needs

Child support can also be modified to consider the requirements of children with disabilities, special healthcare needs, or exceptional educational costs. This modification is done to guarantee that the child support amount sufficiently covers the child’s extra costs.

Texas Child Support Payment Process

There are several options for making child support payments in Texas. The parties can select one of the following methods to remain in compliance.

Paycheck Deduction

Child support payments may be withheld immediately from the paycheck of noncustodial parents who are working.

Check or Money Order

Child support payments could be sent to the State Disbursement Unit by check or money order.

Online

Parents also have the option to pay child support online. Through the state's child support website, parents can examine their payment history, which the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) tracks in the account records.

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Enforcement and Modification of Child Support Orders

To change an existing custody order, a parent must show a significant and substantial change in circumstances that has occurred since the last order was issued. This could involve alterations in employment, relocation, changes in the child’s requirements, or other important life occurrences. Filing a petition with the court that issued the original order is part of the process.

Enforcement

The custodial parent can pursue enforcement through the Texas Office of the Attorney General or the courts if the noncustodial parent fails to pay child support. Enforcement actions may involve wage garnishment, license revocation, and incarceration. The OAG is essential for enforcing child support in Texas. It helps in finding missing parents, confirming paternity, creating, and enforcing child support agreements, and managing the collection and distribution of child support funds. The OAG offers resources to help both custodial and noncustodial parents handle child support cases.t

Modification

Either parent can seek a modification of the child support order if there has been a significant change in circumstances since the last order was issued. Possible factors could involve alterations in income, employment status, or the requirements of the child.

Duration of Child Support Obligation

Child support in Texas is typically mandated until the child reaches 18 years of age or completes high school, whichever happens later. Support may be provided indefinitely for a child with a disability who needs significant care and personal supervision.

Back Child Support Arrears Payments and Terms

Unpaid child support payments that a parent falls behind on become arrearages that accumulate interest. Child support arrears can be enforced until completely paid off, even after the child becomes an adult. Terminating parental rights does not absolve the responsibility to pay outstanding child support.

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We understand how stressful managing finances can be. From fathers who want to help to those who are recently divorced and finding a new normal, we are here for you. Call our office in Texas City today at 281-485-3500 to schedule a consultation. You can also fill out our contact form. We serve clients in Brazoria, Galveston and Fort Bend counties and throughout the Houston area.

Child Support Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Why is child support important beyond financial assistance?

It is essential to provide children with financial help, but they also require mental and physical support.

How is child support determined in Texas?

Texas uses a statutory system to determine child support. This amount can vary depending on the number of children, but it is usually 20% of the noncustodial parent's net monthly income for one child.

Are there special considerations for children with impairments or special needs in child support calculations?

Family Code Chapter 154 does, in fact, have unique provisions for children with disabilities, special needs, mental health issues, and health insurance. Based on individual circumstances, attorneys can help determine the proper amount.

What are the payment processes for child support in Texas?

Online via the state's child support website, by payroll deduction, or by mail to the State Disbursement Unit are all acceptable methods of payment for child support in Texas.

How are complex calculations for child support handled by the court?

Among the many considerations by the court are the noncustodial parent's earnings, tips, bonuses, commissions, salaries, wages, and tax deductions. The amount of money needed to cover health insurance premiums and the number of dependents is another factor.

What factors determine how long child support is required to be paid?

Child support payments might be made for a short period of time or until the child reaches the age of 18, depending on the court's decision. If the court order is seen as unjust, it can be challenged.

How are the net monthly resources calculated for child support purposes?

In Texas, figuring out how much child support a parent needs to pay starts with looking at their income. This includes money from jobs, any extra earnings like bonuses or overtime, self-employment income, commissions, bonuses, and even things like rental income. Then, certain expenses, like taxes and health insurance, are taken out to get a clearer picture of what's left. This leftover amount is called net resources, and it's what's used to calculate child support. There are guidelines that say how much of this net income should go towards supporting the child, based on how many kids there are. Typically, the court recommends 20% of the obligor’s (non-custodial parent) net resources for child support for one child, increasing incrementally for each additional child. The court might also think about other things, like the child's needs, any special circumstances, and the standard of living the child would have enjoyed if the parents were still together. But in simple terms, it's all about figuring out how much money is available and how much should go towards taking care of the child. Overall, the calculation of net monthly resources for child support purposes in Texas is based on the income of both parents and is subject to specific guidelines established by state law. It’s important to consult with a legal professional or use official calculators provided by the Lone Star State to ensure accurate calculations.

What regions does Goldsberry, Portz & Lutterbie, PLLC, serve?

Our clientele includes people from all throughout the Houston area as well as the counties of Galveston, Fort Bend, and Brazoria.

How it Works

The process for hiring Goldsberry Portz Divorce & Family Lawyers, PLLC begins with an in-depth consultation to discuss your specific legal needs and circumstances. During this consultation, our experienced attorneys will listen to your concerns, gather relevant information about your case, and provide you with tailored advice on how we can assist you.

Following the consultation and once you’ve decided to move forward with our firm, the next step is signing the contract. The contract will outline the terms of our representation, including the scope of services, legal fees, and any other relevant agreements. Our team will ensure that you fully understand the terms of the contract before signing and will be available to address any questions or concerns you may have.

Once the contract is signed, the final step in the hiring process is remitting payment of the retainer fee. The retainer fee is an upfront payment that secures our legal services and allows us to begin working on your case. This fee is typically based on the complexity of your case and the anticipated work involved.

Once these steps are completed, our team will officially begin representing you and advocating for your interests. Throughout the process, we are committed to providing you with personalized attention, effective communication, and zealous representation to help you achieve the best possible outcome in your family law matter.

During your initial consultation appointment with our family law firm, you can expect a comprehensive and personalized approach to understanding your situation and legal needs. We’ll start by discussing the details of your case, including your specific circumstances regarding divorce, child custody, child support, enforcement issues, or adoption.
 
We’ll provide you with an overview of the legal process relevant to your case, outlining the steps involved, potential challenges, and options available to you. This will give you a clear understanding of what to expect as we navigate through your legal matter together.
 
Additionally, we’ll discuss the anticipated timeline for your case, including key milestones and potential factors that could affect the duration of the process. Understanding the timeline can help manage expectations and provide you with a sense of control throughout the proceedings.
 
During the consultation, we encourage you to ask any questions you may have about your case or the legal process. We’re here to address your concerns and provide guidance every step of the way.
 
Overall, our goal during the initial consultation is to provide you with a thorough understanding of your legal options, the process ahead, and how we can assist you in achieving your desired outcome.

At Goldsberry Law, we prioritize timely and personalized attention to each client’s case. We understand that time is of the essence when dealing with legal matters. Typically, we aim to schedule in-depth consultations within one to two weeks of your initial contact with our law firm.
 
However, if your case requires urgent attention due to imminent hearings or time-sensitive issues, our attorneys will make every effort to accommodate your needs. We recognize the importance of addressing urgent matters promptly, and we will do our best to schedule an appointment before any upcoming hearings or deadlines.
 
In the rare instance that we are unable to schedule a consultation within your desired timeframe, we will refer you to a trusted attorney who may be able to see you sooner. Our priority is to ensure that you receive the legal assistance you need as quickly as possible, while also providing the highest level of service tailored to your specific case.

To schedule an appointment for an in-depth consultation with one of our attorneys at Goldsberry Law, you have a couple of convenient options. You can contact our law firm directly at 281-485-3500 and speak with one of our Client Relations Specialists. They will assist you in finding a suitable time for your consultation.
 
Alternatively, you can schedule a conference call with our Client Relations Manager by visiting our online scheduling page at https://goldsberrylaw.as.me/schedule.php. This allows you to select a time that works best for you without having to make a phone call.
 
Whichever method you choose, we are dedicated to making the appointment scheduling process as easy and efficient as possible, ensuring that you receive the legal assistance you need in a timely manner.

At Goldsberry Law, we prioritize transparency regarding our rates. Our in-depth consultation fee is $75.00 for telephone or Zoom appointments and $250.00 for in-person consultations.
 
For ongoing legal representation, we provide tailored financial arrangements based on various factors such as the attorney chosen and the complexity of your legal matters.
 
Similarly, our attorneys’ rates vary, reflecting their respective experience and qualifications.
 
We understand the significance of financial considerations, and during your consultation, we’ll discuss payment options and work together to develop a suitable strategy.
 
Additionally, we offer convenient payment methods including Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, and eChecks, ensuring accessibility and ease of payment for our clients. If you have any questions or require assistance with payment arrangements, please reach out to us. We’re dedicated to ensuring a seamless and efficient experience with our firm.

At Goldsberry Law, we understand the importance of having a strong attorney-client relationship. During your initial call with one of our Client Relations Specialists, you will have the opportunity to discuss your preferences regarding legal representation. If you have a specific attorney in mind or if there are certain qualities you’re looking for in an attorney, we will do our best to accommodate your preferences.
 
If you do not have a particular attorney in mind, our Client Relations Specialists will gather information about the overall issues presented in your circumstances. Based on this information and your preferences, they will provide a recommendation for an attorney who is best suited to handle your case.
 
We believe in the importance of matching clients with attorneys who have the relevant skills and experience to effectively address their legal needs. Rest assured that whether you choose your own attorney or rely on our recommendation, we are committed to providing you with high-quality legal representation tailored to your specific case.