Child Support Attorney Serving Denton, Lewisville, Sanger, Ponder, Carrollton, Corinth, Frisco, Flower Mound, Aubrey, Oak Point, Pilot Point, Little Elm, Lake Dallas, and The Colony, Texas.
Like conservatorship (child custody) and visitation rights, Texas requires a court order to establish, enforce, or modify a child support obligation. If you need to establish child support or modify or enforce a Texas child support order, or defend against a modification or enforcement action, you should hire an attorney to help you navigate the legal process.
At Helene Parker & Associates, L.L.C., we are experienced, compassionate, and knowledgeable about child support. We pride ourselves on keeping our clients informed, explaining their options, and providing thorough representation of their interests in court.
Modification of Texas Child Support Orders
Texas child support orders can be modified under the following conditions:
- There has been a substantial change in circumstances (typically, the employment status of the parent paying child support) since the entry of the last child support order; or
- It has been 3 or more years since the last order was entered, and the monthly amount of the child support would change by 20% or $100.00, whichever is larger.
An informal agreement between the child's parents is not adequate to modify a parent's child support obligation, however it may serve as evidence of the parties' intent if a parent later files for a modification with the Court. Child support obligations are imposed court order, and failure to adhere to a court order may result in a finding of contempt by the court coupled with jail time.
As a result, if you need to seek modification of a Texas child support order, you should hire an experienced Denton County child support lawyer who can present your case to the appropriate court to obtain a binding legal modification.
Child Support Enforcement in Denton County
If your ex is not meeting his or her child support obligations, the proper course of action is to seek enforcement in the appropriate Texas court. The issues of visitation and child support are not linked. In other words, you should not deny visitation to other parent or interfere with his or her conservatorship or visitation rights. In Texas, child support, visitation, and custody rights are all independent of one another, so your denial of visitation or possession will be a violation of the court order, even if you have not received the child support from the other parent.
Enforcement mechanisms and other remedies are available when an obligor fails to pay child support, such as:
- Garnishment of wages
- Probation (formal or informal)
- Jail time
- Loss of professional license(s)
- Loss of driver's license(s)
- Passport restrictions
In Texas, an obligor who continually fails to pay child support will face payment of interest on past due child support, probation, jail time, and attorney fees and costs to the obligee who brings the enforcement action. There are certain defenses to not paying child support, but they are limited because Texas courts take a dim view of obligors who don't pay their child support. In the eyes of the Court, if a parent is not disabled, at the very least, that parent can work a full time minimum wage job to pay his/her child support obligation.
Ms. Parker has more than 20 years of experience helping custodial parents enforce child support obligations or assisting parents who are unable to meet their child support obligations.
Free Consultation with a Denton County Child Support Attorney
If you need to seek a modification or an enforcement of your Texas child support obligations, contact Helene Parker & Associates, L.L.C. today to schedule a free consultation with Ms. Parker about your case. We serve clients in Denton, Corinth, Little Elm, Sanger, Ponder, Cross Roads, Pilot Point, Oak Point, Frisco, Aubrey, Carrollton, Lewisville, Flower Mound, The Colony, and surrounding areas.