Child Support

When people think of a "Child Support" case, they may actually be needing to solve on or several different kinds of problems. Sometimes what a person needs to establish a child support order so they can start receiving child support and medical support for their child or for a child who is now in their custody. In other cases there is a need to enforce an existing court order because the person who has been ordered to pay the child support or to provide the medical support fails to do so. In still other cases, a person may be seeking to modify the existing court order in order to increase or decrease the existing child support obligation or make changes to the order as it pertains to medical support for the child. Finally, recently enacted provisions to the Texas Family Code allow a man who has learned he is actually not the biological father of a child to file a Petition to Terminate the Parent-Child Relationship between him and the child and thus terminate his future child support obligation.

Establishing a Child Support Order

In the first case when person wants to establish a child support order so they can start receiving child support and medical support for a child, the parents are typically not married to each other or they are separated and need to have a court order in place so they can start receiving child support and have medical support provided for their child. In some cases there may be an existing child support and medical support order in effect, but a grandparent or other person may now have custody of the child and he is now asking the family court for assistance in entering a court order to them instead of the parent who no longer has custody of the child.

When it is necessary to establish a child support order, it will be necessary to file an Original Suit Affecting the Parent-Child Relationship (a "SAPCR") and if the parents are not married to each other, that suit will include a request for the court to legally establish ("adjudicate") the parent-child relationship between the father and the child. If there is an existing child support and medical support order in effect and it is necessary to redirect the payments, it will be necessary to file a Petition to Modify in Suit Affecting the Parent-Child Relationship.

If you need to establish a child support order or file a suit to redirect existing child support payments to you for a child that is now in your care, and wish to know your rights and what you are entitled to, please call or email us today to schedule your initial consultation.

Enforcement of Child Support and Medical Support Orders

Because parents have a duty to support their children, the court can find them in contempt of court if they have violated a court order requiring them to pay child support or provide medical support for their child. If a person is held in contempt of court for violating a court order, they can be sentenced to serve time in the County Jail. The Office of the Texas Attorney General, and in Harris County, Texas, the Harris County Domestic Relations Office offer services to enforce child support orders and medical support orders. These agencies can do a very fine job assisting people when it is necessary to enforce a child support and medical support order. Nevertheless, there are many enforcement cases in which a person wishes to have a private attorney represent him or her. Usually a person who has been served with an enforcement case will want to retain the services of a private attorney to represent his or her interests instead of going to court alone.

If you need to enforce a child support or medical support order or you have been served with a suit to enforce a child support or medical support order, and wish to know your rights and what you are entitled to, please call or email us today to schedule your initial consultation.

Modifying Court Orders

When a person wants to increase or decrease the amount of child support under the terms of an existing child support obligation or wishes to make changes to the order as it pertains to medical support for the child, it will be necessary to file a Petition to Modify Parent-Child Relationship.

Modification cases have to do with changing circumstances. Until a child becomes an adult, the Texas Family Code provides a mechanism to address changes in circumstances affecting the conservators (usually the parents), the child, or another person affected by the order to be modified. In every Modification case it is necessary to let the court know what facts and circumstances have changed, what provisions of the prior child support or medical support order need to be changed, how the order needs to be changed, and why the proposed changes are in the best interest of the child.

If you need to make changes to an existing child support or medical support order, and wish to know your rights and what you are entitled to, please call or email us today to schedule your initial consultation.

Termination of Parent-Child Relationship and Future Child Support

The Texas Legislature has recently enacted provisions in the Texas Family Code that in certain circumstances allow a man who has learned he is not the biological father of a child to file a Petitioner to Terminate Parent-Child Relationship and end his obligation to pay future support for the child.

If you are a man who has learned that you are not or may not be the biological father of a child born to your former wife or girlfriend, and have reason to believe you may not be the child's biological father; or, if you are a woman who has been served with a suit in which the "adjudicated" father is seeking to terminate his parental rights and future child support obligation because he believes he is not the child's biological father, and wish to know your rights and what you are entitled to, please call or email us today to schedule your initial consultation.

Child Support Attorney Houston, TX

As a skilled family law attorney licensed to practice law in the state of Texas since November, 1986,I have handled many Child Support cases in which it has been necessary to establish, enforce, or modify an existing court order. More recently, due to the recently enacted changes to the Texas Family Code, effective in May, 2011, I have started handling termination cases when a man learns that he may not be the biological father of his adjudicated child.

I am committed to providing you with the time and personal attention you need in order to help you develop realistic goals and objectives, and to understand the process of resolving your case by discussing your various options, and ease your worries and concerns, as you make difficult and life changing decisions that will affect you and your child. It is my goal to make the process of resolving your Child Support case flow as smoothly as possible. If knowing your rights and knowing exactly what it is you're entitled to is important to you, call or email us today to schedule your initial consultation.