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Austin Child Support Lawyers

Fighting for Support & Your Child’s Best Interests

Our child support attorneys at Stinson Moyle, PLLC, have the experience and knowledge necessary to help you achieve the best possible support order. We are also skilled in mitigating child support if you may be required to pay, to avoid unfair or unreasonable payments. Whether you need legal counsel related to the establishment, enforcement, or modification of child support, our Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization attorneys can help.

Call our firm at (512) 948-3688 to discuss your child support needs and concerns.

How to Calculate Child Support in Texas

Child support is often determined by child support guidelines, a formula based on a parent’s net resources as set out in the Texas Family Code. The child support guidelines begin at 20% of a parent’s net resources and can increase depending on the number of children a parent has. Texas courts presume that the application of the child support guidelines is in the best interest of the child, but there are numerous factors a court can consider in deviating from the guidelines.

Some of those factors may include:

  • Education expenses
  • Child care expenses
  • Each parent’s net income
  • The age and needs of the child
  • Each parent’s financial situation
  • Custody and visitation arrangements
  • Alimony or spousal maintenance payments
  • Special healthcare, educational, or other costs
  • The financial resources available for child support

In any divorce concerning a minor child, the issue of child support will need to be resolved. This issue may also arise if paternity is established and the mother pursues financial support to raise the child. Although Texas law provides guidelines for determining how much a parent will pay in support, it is important to have an experienced Austin family law attorney to negotiate and obtain a fair child support order on your behalf.

How Long Do You Have to Pay Child Support in Texas?

Under Texas law, child support is typically paid until:

  • The child turns 18 years old or graduates from high school, whichever is later
  • The child is emancipated through marriage
  • The child loses his or her life

If the child is disabled and unable to support himself or herself, child support may continue indefinitely.

Applying for Child Support in Texas

Child support can be decided as part of your divorce or you can seek it separately though a Texas court. Some child support cases will proceed quickly, while others can be more challenging. If the non-custodial parent contests paternity of the child, you will first need to establish paternity, which will often involve DNA testing. When the other parent is absent, it will be necessary to attempt to locate the missing parent in order to serve an action for child support and start collecting payments. Complicated child support cases will require the assistance of an experienced Texas child support attorney who will fight to see that your child receives the financial support to which he or she is entitled.

How an Austin Attorney Can Help You Win Child Support

Susannah A. Stinson and Rachel Moyle are Board-Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization lawyers with extensive experience in Texas child support cases. We will work closely with you to assess the situation, name your goals, and then work toward a favorable result that is truly in your best interests and the best interests of your child or children.

Contact us today at (512) 948-3688 to discuss your case and see how we can help you with your child support matter.