Family Lawyers Serving Clients in Galveston
In Texas, parents have a legal duty to provide for their children, which includes paying child support. Whether you are a married couple going through a divorce or unmarried parents involved in support or paternity disputes, you need an experienced Galveston child support lawyer on your side. At Scott M. Brown & Associates, we provide the aggressive legal representation and caring client support you need in these situations. We can advise you on how to get the amount of support needed for your child, while making sure any child support orders are properly enforced.
Guidelines for paying child support in Galveston are dictated under the Texas Family Code (Section 154.001). These provide for one or both parents to provide child support payments for their child’s needs up until the age of 18, or for an indefinite period if the child is disabled. The law also requires parents to provide for medical support, either through their own insurance policy or by making payments to the other parent for this coverage.
In general, the amount of child support to be paid is based on the parents’ income and the number of children the support is intended to provide for. However, there are other factors that may influence the amount of child support ordered in your case. This includes:
- The total amount of personal assets each parent possesses;
- The age of the child and their requirements in terms of education or care;
- Any special medical or developmental needs the child has;
- Any other outstanding factors pertinent to the case.
At Scott M. Brown & Associates, our Galveston child support lawyers represent you and your child’s best interests throughout this process. Depending on the situation, your case may require proving paternity, or seeking child support amounts owed on a retroactive basis.
Unfortunately, even with a child support order in place, some parents refuse to pay. In these situations, our Galveston child support lawyers can initiate enforcement actions, which may include garnishing wages or claiming rights to Social Security, Veterans Administration, and other types of benefits.
The Texas Attorney General’s Office is aggressive in pursuing child support payments on behalf of custodial parents, grandparents, or others responsible for the child’s care. Penalties for those who refuse to pay include:
- Suspension of driver’s license and registration;
- Suspension of professional business licenses and permits;
- Automatic liens on federal tax returns and other sources of income, such as lottery winnings;
- Arrest and detention until outstanding balances are paid.
In some cases, an existing child support order may need to be modified, based on changes in either parent’s financial situation. At Scott M. Brown & Associates, we can ensure the necessary court documents are filed so that your child gets the financial support they deserve.
If you are involved in child custody and support disputes, reach out and call or contact Scott M. Brown & Associates online today. We can arrange a consultation with our experienced Galveston child support lawyers, who can advise you on the best course of action in your case.