Webster Texas Child Support Attorney
While Texas has statutory guidelines for child support, it is important to know that these are only guidelines. Often the obligor (person paying support) seeks to pay less, where the obligee (person receiving the support), might argue for more. In order to be assured that you are receiving or paying the accurate amount of support, a skilled and experienced attorney is essential.
Child Support Enforcement Lawyer
Texas state laws are fairly straightforward in determining child support. After adjustment for Social Security, federal and state taxes, as well as the children’s health care costs, the parent who is ordered to pay child support will pay the following percentages of his/her salary:
- 20% for one child
- 25% for two children
- 30% for three children
- 35% for four children
- 40% for five children
It is important to note that a judge can modify these percentages based on a variety of factors, including the needs of the children, and the spouses’ circumstances as a whole.
Once child support is determined, the judge will order a payment schedule — usually corresponding with the obligor’s pay periods. The judge, however, has the discretion of ordering it paid in a lump sum, as an annuity, or in any other way that seems fair and just.
Child Support Modification Attorney
Located in Houston, Texas, the Hammock Law Firm has almost two decades of experience in negotiating child support orders. We work with opposing counsel to determine an amount that is equitable and meets the best needs of the children. In the event that resolution is not available outside the courtroom, R. Talmadge Hammock is a skilled and seasoned trial lawyer, masterful in the courtroom.
If you are in need of child support determination or enforcement, please contact us. We are available for all your legal needs.
Hammock Law Firm: Houston, Texas; League City, Webster, Galveston, Hitchcock, Pearland, Texas City, Friendswood, La Marque, Dickinson, Santa Fe; Galveston County, Harris County; Texas; Clear Lake.