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At Ramos Law Group, PLLC, we provide passionate legal support and representation for parents in Galveston who need legal assistance for child support matters. Whether you’re establishing child support for the first time or you need to enforce or modify an existing order, a child support lawyer in Texas can help. Our dedicated attorneys are well-versed in Texas child support laws and the nuances of the Galveston legal system. If you have questions about child support, contact our office to schedule a private consultation. 

How Child Support Works in Texas

Child support is crucial to fostering the well-being of children following a separation or divorce. In Texas, both parents are legally obligated to support their children financially. Texas has guidelines that courts use to help determine the appropriate amount of child support. They consider factors such as the income of the obligor, the number of children, and the children’s specific needs.

Child Support Services We Provide in Galveston

Our Texas child support lawyers offer comprehensive services in all areas of child support, including:

  • Establishing child support payments. We assist in determining a fair and accurate child support amount, ensuring it follows Texas guidelines and is in your child’s best interests.
  • Modifying child support orders. Life circumstances change, and existing child support orders may need adjustments. We guide clients through the modification process, addressing significant changes in income, employment, or the child’s needs.
  • Enforcing child support orders. If a parent fails to meet child support obligations, enforcement actions may be necessary. Our attorneys are experienced in utilizing legal means to ensure compliance with court-ordered support.

Every family’s situation is unique. A Texas child support lawyer can also handle cases involving self-employed parents, high-net-worth individuals, and parents with irregular income patterns.

The Child Support Calculation Process in Texas

Courts typically calculate child support in Galveston using a percentage of the non-custodial parent’s net income, which increases with the number of children. However, the court may deviate from these guidelines based on the child’s needs, the parent’s ability to pay, and other relevant factors. These factors include: 

  • Medical support—Besides basic financial support, Texas law requires provisions for the child’s health care needs, including health insurance and medical expenses; 
  • Parental income—The court considers  the income and financial resources when determining child support;
  • Custody and visitation arrangements—The amount of time each parent spends with the child can influence child support calculations; and
  • Special needs and extraordinary costs—Courts can consider expenses related to a child’s special needs or extraordinary educational, healthcare, or extracurricular costs. 

If you have questions about what factors will influence your potential child support, speak with a child support lawyer in Texas to learn more. 

Modifying and Enforcing Child Support Orders in Texas

Child support orders are not set in stone and can be modified to reflect significant changes in circumstances. Common reasons for modification include:

  • A substantial change in either parent’s income;
  • Changes in the child’s living arrangements; or
  • Special needs that arise after the original order is established.

Failure to comply with child support orders can result in serious legal consequences in Texas. Our attorneys are adept at pursuing various enforcement options, such as wage garnishment, contempt of court actions, and liens against property.

Frequently Asked Questions About Child Support in Galveston

To better prepare you to meet with a child support lawyer in Texas, here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about child support. 

How long does child support last in Texas? 

Typically, child support obligations continue until your child turns 18 or they graduate from high school, whichever occurs last. Exceptions exist in some situations—for example, a child with disabilities or children who are emancipated by marriage. 

What happens if a parent refuses to pay child support? 

The court can take various enforcement actions in severe cases, including wage garnishment and jail time.

Can a parent request a review of the child support order if their financial situation changes? 

Yes, a parent can request a review and potential modification of the child support order if there is a significant change in financial circumstances. Examples include loss of employment, a substantial increase or decrease in income, or a change in the child’s needs. 

What is the process for establishing paternity in child support cases? 

Paternity can be established voluntarily by both parents signing an Acknowledgment of Paternity form or through a court order, often involving genetic testing. 

Why Choose Ramos Law Group for Your Child Support Needs?

If you’re facing child support issues in Galveston, let Ramos Law Group, PLLC, help. Attorney Mary E. Ramos is Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. We have in-depth knowledge of Texas child support law and are dedicated to providing the legal support and guidance you need. 

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