Child support is a monetary payment that a noncustodial parent pays toward the living expenses of their children. The amount of child support is based primarily on the noncustodial parent's net income. Although child support payments often can be agreed upon between parents, a knowledgeable Nacogdoches family lawyer can explain how it is calculated and help you finalize fair, precise terms.
Contrary to what some people believe, Child Support is not intended to punish the person required to pay it or reward the custodial parent who receives it. It is for the sole benefit of a child, and the obligation to pay child support cannot be discharged through bankruptcy, unemployment, or voluntarily waived by the custodial parent.
While the amount of child support required will depend on several factors, including the income of each parent, the mere fact that a custodial parent remarries or improves their financial situation does not mean the child support obligations of the non-custodial parent will change or cease.
Child Support Enforcement
Not following a court order or judgment regarding child support can cause hardship to the other party. As a result, the Texas court system takes these violations seriously, and a contempt action can result. Depending on the specific circumstances, consequences of a contempt action can include wage garnishment, money judgments and even possible incarceration of the offending party. In extreme cases, the state may act to seize certain assets or property.
If, for any reason, your former spouse fails to live up to his or her payment obligations, we can assist you with enforcement of court-ordered child support. Or, if you are the non-custodial parent paying child support, don't wait until the court holds you in contempt for failing to abide by the terms of your divorce settlement or court order. We offer experienced legal counsel in the modification and enforcement of existing orders of support.
Modification of Child Support Payments
If illness, loss of employment or other unforeseen event creates the need to increase the child support received or decrease the amount paid, a modification of child support may be appropriate. To modify a standing child support agreement, you need to prove that there has been a substantial material change in the circumstances for a parent or child. We can assist you with modifying an existing child support agreement.
Contact A Nacogdoches Child Support Lawyer
If you are facing divorce or another family law issue, contact a Nacogdoches divorce lawyer today at 936-564-4315. We will gladly discuss any questions or concerns you may have, explain our services, and help you take steps towards resolving your case.