At the Ramos Law Group, PLLC, our top-rated Sugar Land child support lawyers are effective, results-oriented advocates for parents and families. We are dedicated to offering fully-personalized legal guidance to each and every client. With experience handling all types of child support cases, our legal team will protect your rights and advocate for your interests. For a fully private consultation with a Texas family law professional, please reach out to our Sugar Land office right away.
Child Support in Texas: What You Need to Know
What is Child Support?
In Texas, the non-custodial parent (known as the ‘obligor’) has a legal responsibility to provide financial support to their children. Child support is an ongoing, periodic payment made by the non-custodial parent to the custodial parent for the direct financial benefit of the child. Following a divorce or a separation, support is almost always required.
How is Child Support Calculated in Texas?
Texas lawmakers have put broad child support guidelines in place to determine the amount that must be paid in any given case. By far, the most important factor in calculating child support is the net income of the non-custodial parent. A parent who has greater financial resources will generally be required to pay more in child support—up to a certain state income cap. Other factors matter as well, including the number of children being supported by the non-custodial parents and the unique medical or educational needs of the child.
How is Child Support Enforced?
Child support does not have to be complicated. Parents can reach an out-of-court agreement and, largely, handle matters of child support without getting Texas state authorities involved. If you are getting divorced, it is important to get child support stipulated in the divorce decree. This will allow for the enforcement of payments if the obligor fails to pay.
Alternatively, a parent can file a child support enforcement action with the state. If you have questions about enforcing child support, call our Sugar Land child support attorneys for immediate help. Our Sugar Land child support lawyers will help you take action to get the full amount you are owed under the law.
Can Child support Be Modified?
Yes. Up until a child becomes a legal adult, a child support order/agreement is always subject to modification. That being said, Texas courts will not merely modify child support on a whim. The parent seeking a modification—whether it is an increase or a reduction—must demonstrate that there was a substantial change in circumstances that justifies such a change. If you are seeking a child support modification in Southeast Texas, call our Sugar Land child support lawyer right away.
We Handle All Types of Child Support Matters
Child support cases come in a wide range of different forms. Whether you are trying to negotiate an initial child support agreement, collect past due child support, or anything in between, our Sugar Land, TX family lawyers have the skills and experience to help. We represent parents in the entire range of child support cases, including:
- Negotiating child support agreements;
- Initial child support order;
- Disputes/disagreements over an order;
- Adjustment of gross income claim;
- Disputes over paternity;
- Delinquent child support claims;
- Child support increases or decreases (modification); and
- Retroactive child support claims.
Why Hire the Sugar Land Child Support Lawyers at Ramos Law Group
All child support cases are unique. You deserve personalized representation from a top Sugar Land family lawyer who will put in the time and resources needed to get you the best results. We focus all of our energy into our family law practice. Mary E. Ramos is Board Certified as a family law specialist. When you reach out to our Sugar Land law office, you will speak to a Texas child support lawyer who can:
- Conduct a comprehensive review of your child support case;
- Investigate the matter—gathering relevant documents/records;
- Work to negotiate an agreement, resolving the matter at the lowest possible level; and
- Devise a customized legal strategy to best protect your interests.
Through hard work and dedication, we work tirelessly to protect our clients’ rights and spare them from undesired or unexpected outcomes. We will develop a comprehensive, well-supported strategy to help you achieve the best possible legal outcome.
Call Our Sugar Land, TX Child Support Attorneys Today
At the Ramos Law Group, PLLC, our Texas family lawyers are dedicated to providing personalized, solutions-focused representation to clients. If you have questions about your rights, we are here to help. To arrange a completely private case assessment with an experienced family lawyer, please contact our firm today. We serve parents all over Fort Bend County.
Our Client Testimonials
The decision to end my 25-year marriage was not an easy one, but hiring the Ramos Law Group was. From the initial consultation to the execution of the Divorce Decree everyone at the firm displayed the utmost professionalism and I was treated as if I was their only client. My attorney Lindsey, always provided precise legal guidance, was usually one step ahead of the opposing counsel, and had a superb understanding of how things would play out in the court room. Additionally, whenever my case needed a little extra horsepower, Mary provided that "surge" to keep things on track.
"Ms. Ramos and her entire staff worked with professionalism and compassion to guide me through the most difficult time of my life and to an outcome that was best for my family and myself. Ramos Law is incredible and I highly, highly recommend their services."
"I was recommended to see Mary Ramos for my on coming custody case,it was the best thing I could've done honestly.The Ramos law group was quick with emailed responses and telephone calls,informative with ANY questions I had and they also took action with what they thought would work,which it did,I had money troubles and they were still willing to help they sent me with a younger lawyer Lindsey Lewis to help save some money and she was the best!She knew what she was doing and Mary was still on my case to make sure things went smoothly and to catch any details Lindsey and I might have missed.All in all I am a very satisfied client and if I ever needed a family lawyer again I would come back.My case was won as I received primary for my daughter which is exactly what I asked for.If you're willing to listen to what they have to say and follow their guidance they're definitely worth hiring.I thought I wanted sole custody for my daughter and they explained that wasn't in the best interest for her and honestly they were right,they speak to you on a professional level and also a real level of how things are actually going to work and what could happen if you take a certain action.They definitely care about their clients and make their own bond with you,you're not just money in their pockets you turn into family. "
"I received excellent advice and representation from Ms. Lindsey Lewis. She kept me updated at every step of the process, and I never felt as if my case was set aside. I would hire The Ramos Law Group in the future. "
"I started my divorce with a lawyer who was not very responsive. My divorce case was complicated and needed more laborious scrutiny. Since the case was not moving forward I had to switch lawyers. Made the switch to Ramos Law group. Since the very first day Mary and her team have been very efficient and meticulous. Since the case was complicated the team had to go through myriads of pages in discovery. I was pleased with the legal team that helped us handle the paperwork in a very timely manner. All my questions were answered very promptly. The relay of information was easy with their software system. We finally had a law firm that we could trust. My divorce was finalized and I only have Mary and her team to thank for going through a difficult divorce. I would highly recommend the Ramos law group for their help and support for getting my life back on track. "