Child support is a necessary component in many divorces. However, there can be disputes regarding the need for child support and the appropriate payment amount. These disputes can arise during the divorce process or years later if either parent petitions for modification. Attorney Eric Smith advises and represents clients in matters regarding child support establishment, enforcement, and modification. Whether you are the obligor or obligee in the situation, he will fight for your rights and interests. Contact The Law Office of Eric J. Smith today in order to discuss your child support needs with an experienced family law attorney.
Establishment: If you and your ex-spouse can’t agree about child support on your own, the court may determine it for you. They will calculate payments based on the income of each parent as well as the child’s unique expenses like education, healthcare insurance, daycare, and more. Attorney Smith will represent you and work to persuade the court in favor of your desired outcome.
Enforcement: When your ex-spouse isn’t following your child support agreement, Attorney Smith will get involved to ensure the non-compliance doesn’t continue. You may have to take your ex-spouse to court if they are refusing to make payments, in which case Eric will represent you.
Modification: Under Texas law, parents can modify child support agreements when circumstances change (such as one parent’s income increasing). However, this is up to the discretion of a judge. Whether you are requesting a modification in order to receive more support or to lessen the amount you are paying, you need to provide the court with evidence. That’s where Attorney Smith can assist you.