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For most parents, the issue of child support is one of the most contentious issues in their divorce or separation. Usually, both parents want to make sure their children are well provided for, but neither parent wants to feel that he or she is paying more than their fair share toward supporting their children. And, of course, parents need to have enough money left over after paying for children's needs to take care of their own.
Whether you expect to be paying or receiving child support, you need to work with an attorney who can help ensure security for your children and fairness for you. At Stacey Valdez & Associates, our experienced Houston child support attorneys are committed to helping you achieve this important balance. Whether you are facing an initial child support determination, or need a modification or enforcement of an existing support order, we will advocate for you and your children.
In Houston and throughout Texas, child support is determined by statutory guidelines which can be challenging to navigate without legal help. Texas calculates child support based on what is known as the “percentage of income” model. In essence, support is a percentage of the noncustodial parent's income, ranging from twenty percent for one child to thirty-five percent if there are four or more children. There are very few allowable deductions from gross income for purposes of calculating child support
The amount of income that is considered for purposes of calculating child support is capped, which means child support payments are also capped. However, if circumstances that warrant an award of child support greater than the capped amount can be proven, the court may adjust the award upward.
You may be paying—or receiving—child support for years, and your circumstances, or that of your ex-spouse or children, may change. A parent paying child support may need to file for a modification if income goes down; a parent who is supposed to receive child support may need to enlist the court's help in enforcing a child support order. Stacey Valdez & Associates has the legal knowledge and the courtroom experience to present your child support case in the best possible light.
At Stacey Valdez & Associates, we understand how important your children are to you. We are dedicated to protecting their security and preserving your resources and well-being at the same time.
We are prepared to advocate for their needs, and yours, at every step of your child support matter, from initial support calculations through modifications and enforcement. We invite you to contact us today so that we can help you do what's best for you and your children.