Child Support Issues And Solutions

The care and support of their children is foremost in the minds of parents when they go through divorce. It is often a difficult area for parties to agree on, but the purpose of child support negotiation is to ensure that each parent is sharing the financial burden of raising a family. The noncustodial parent or obligator can do this by making monthly payments and fulfilling other legal duties like paying for medical insurance.

At Young & Libersky, we help parents accurately determine what a noncustodial parent should pay. While the guidelines for child support are clear, we have extensive experience in all elements of family law negotiation, and we understand that many factors go into determining the correct amount during divorce proceedings. Attorneys Barbara Young and Lynn Libersky can also help ensure there is full disclosure by all parties so the arrangement is equitable.

The Child Support Equation

Texas uses a formula where the obligator must pay 20 percent of gross income for a single child and that number goes up five percentage points for each additional child. It is not less than 40 percent for six or more children. There is also a cap on the maximum amount per child at $8550 per month. The rules for determining child support are quite clear, but the number may go down if the obligator pays child support for other children from a different relationship. There are other considerations as well. These include:

  • The parent's ability to contribute to child support
  • The net resources of the custodial parent
  • Present and future educational expenses

Modifying Your Child Support

Child support can be increased or decreased, but only by court order. If the child support amount needs to be changed, we can help a parent file a modification case. Valid reasons for modification include:

  • Increase in medical expenses
  • Raise in salary
  • Inability to pay, although unemployment does not count as a reason

Enforcement Of Child Support

The state of Texas is not afraid to punish obligators who do not comply by paying the appropriate amount. If obligators fail to make the appropriate payments, we can help you seek alternate strategies for enforcement. These include:

  • Asking an employer to garnish an obligator's wages
  • Taking funds from a tax refund check or other federal and state sources
  • Filing a lien against the person's property or assets
  • Sending an obligator to jail

Contact Us With Your Child Custody Concerns

Set up an appointment with our lawyers by calling our Temple office at 254-774-1996 or our Killeen office at 254-526-6969. We also respond promptly to email inquiries.