LSR Child Support Lawyer Dallas, TX
A seasoned LSR child support lawyer in Dallas, TX understands that when it comes to child support issues, a friendly co-parenting relationship can quickly become an acrimonious one. At Brandy Austin Law Firm, PLLC., we are dedicated to helping our clients with family law issues and would be happy to discuss any child support or other legal issues you may have.
Child Support Laws
Under Texas family law statutes, every parent is responsible for providing financial support for their child. When a child lives with their parent, there is typically no question as to whether the parent is providing financially for their child because the evidence is there in the home they live in, the food they eat, the utilities they use, the clothing the child wears, etc.
When a child does not live with a parent, then the law says that parent must contribute to the child’s well being and must pay the parent the child does live with child support. There are several different ways the amount of support may be calculated, depending on the state you live in. Some states use an income shares model while other states determine the amount based on a formula using how much the parent earns and how many children he or she is responsible for paying support for.
In many child support cases, the parent is responsible for paying support until the child turns 18, but it is important to keep in mind that every case is different and a judge may extend how long the parent is responsible. A child support attorney can determine if your situation would fall under that category, but, in general, common reasons why this would occur include the child attending college after they graduate from high school or the child is disabled or special needs and requires some type of parental assistance.
When it comes to paying the child support obligation, there are several different ways this can be done. In situations where both parents get along and there really are no issues, the obligor parent will pay the obligee parent directly. In other situations, the obligor parent may be ordered to send the child support to the state, which will then send the funds to the obligee parent.
If a parent who is ordered to pay child support refuses to pay, there are steps the courts and/or the state will take in order to enforce the child support order. These actions can include wage garnishment, driver’s license suspension, professional license suspension, passport suspension, interception of tax refunds and lottery winnings, liens on accounts in financial institutions and other assets or property, and credit bureau reporting. If actions the court takes still do not result in the parent paying their child support, the court can order the parent be incarcerated until they pay the amount they owe.
Call an LSR Child Support Lawyer for Help
If you are having child support issues, contact the legal team from Brandy Austin Law Firm, PLLC. We can go over the details of your case and provide you with what legal options may be available. Call our office today to set up a free consultation with an LSR child support lawyer Dallas, TX clients recommend.