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Child Support & Hearings

San Antonio Child Support & Hearings Attorney

Fighting for Texas Parents’ Rights & Their Children’s Wellbeing

Under Texas law, both a minor child’s parents have the responsibility to provide for their child’s financial needs, even if their marriage to the other parent has ended. At The Knowlton Law Firm, our San Antonio child support and hearings attorney Brian Knowlton understands the unique complexities and challenges of such cases, including how they can take a toll on you, your children, and your ex-partner. 

We are here to ensure you and your children are set up for the best possible future and that all child support payments are fair and just. Whether you are the custodial parent or are expected to pay child support, we are here for you.

We offer free consultations to all new clients. Call (210) 361-6990 or send us a message online to request yours today!

How to Determine Child Support in Texas

In the state of Texas, both parents are required to support their children, even after a divorce. The amount of child support to be paid is determined largely based on each parent's income and their other resources and assets, in addition to how much time each parent spends with the children.

Texas’ guidelines for child support payments is as follows:

  • 20% of the non-custodial parent’s net income for one child
  • 25% of the non-custodial parent’s net income for two children
  • 30% of the non-custodial parent’s net income for three children
  • 35% of the non-custodial parent’s net income for four children
  • 40% of the non-custodial parent’s net income for five children

Don be too alarmed—if a parent believes that the state recommended child support payment is too high or too low, the parent can ask the court to change the award. The court will take the specific factors pertaining to your unique case into account and will include the child's needs, education, health, special expenses, how much time each parent spends with the child, and numerous other factors to determine the exact child support payment amount.

Child Support Hearings

In Texas, child support cases are oftentimes enforced by the Attorney General. You may be required to go before a judge for a hearing where they will review your case, listen to both sides, and provide a decision. These hearings can be stressful and fast. It is important to make your case in the window of time provided. While an Assistant Attorney General will likely be present at the hearing, they will not be there to represent you. Any representation you want in that court hearing will need to be retained by you.

The Consequences of Not Paying Child Support

Child support is a critical aspect of ensuring the financial well-being of a child. When a parent fails to pay child support, it can have serious consequences for both the child and the non-custodial parent. Here are some of the potential consequences of not paying child support:

  • Legal penalties: Non-payment of child support is considered contempt of court, which can result in fines and even jail time.
  • Wage garnishment: If a non-custodial parent fails to pay child support, their wages can be garnished to pay for the outstanding amount.
  • Loss of driver's license: In some states, failure to pay child support can result in the suspension of a non-custodial parent's driver's license.
  • Damage to credit score: Unpaid child support can be reported to credit bureaus, negatively impacting a non-custodial parent's credit score.
  • Emotional toll on the child: When a parent fails to pay child support, it can have a significant emotional impact on the child, leading to feelings of abandonment and instability.

At Knowlton Law Firm, we understand the importance of child support and are committed to helping our clients navigate the complexities of child support hearings. Contact us today to speak with a San Antonio child support attorney and protect your child's financial future.

Contact a Child Support & Hearings Lawyer Today!

Even when you and your spouse agree on most issues, determining child custody can be a very fraught affair. It can be extremely helpful to request legal advice concerning your rights and obligations, before initiating any child support hearing or processes. An attorney can simply offer advice or represent you throughout your case and at hearings—whatever you are most comfortable with. An experienced child support lawyer will be able to guide you through the legal challenges of your custody battle and will have the skills and knowledge necessary to ensure you get the best outcome possible in your case.

Call (210) 361-6990 or contact us online for the personalized legal help you and your children deserve. 

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