Texas law requires parents to support their children. This applies whether the parents are married or not. Our Amarillo child support lawyers will help you secure your child’s future by assuring child support obligations are finalized appropriately in order to meet your child’s needs. Incorrectly calculated child support can place you and your child at risk, so don’t wait to contact us today.
In addition to providing valuable representation during the court case that will decide your child support payments, a family law attorney is also an essential ally in ensuring those child support payments are paid. While Texas has designated government officials tasked with enforcing support payments, a lawyer is often a stronger advocate when enforcing your child support rights.
Texas Child Support Law
Texas law mandates caps on the amount of child support that can be legally ordered unless the case supports a claim for “above guideline support,” including for the care of special needs children with disabilities, to provide for psychological counseling for children who have suffered as a result of divorce, and more.
Statutory guidelines in Texas determine the amount of child support your spouse will have to pay. The noncustodial parent typically pays child support based on the following percentages:
- 20 percent of his or her net income for one child
- 25 percent for two children
- 30 percent for three children
- 35 percent for four children
- 40 percent for five children and
- At least 40 percent for six or more children
Child support obligations continue until a child reaches the age of 18 or graduates from high school, whichever event occurs later.
Our law firm represents both mothers and fathers of children who have been sued by the Texas Attorney General’s Office for child support, medical support, back child support, or paternity. Be sure an experienced attorney protects your rights before you appear in front of a child support court.
Amarillo Child Support Lawyers
If you are being sued for back child support, need to enforce a child support order, or are being asked to support a child you are not sure is yours, the family lawyers of Freeman & Nance can help. We have decades of experience in the practice of family law and the handling of child support cases in Amarillo and surrounding areas.