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Child support is a critical determination necessary to the divorce process and an important arrangement for unmarried parents, as well. At Calfas Law Group, we have assisted countless clients with child support issues and made sure that the court had all the information it needed to make a fair and suitable decision for all parties. If you and your co-parent are facing a child support concern, it is advised that you both speak to an experienced San Antonio child support attorney today.

We're here to help demystify this process and seek a resolution that best benefits your family. Contact us today schedule an initial consultation.

How Child Support Is Determined

Texas is a guidelines-oriented child support state. Generally, the courts use a formula to determine current and future child support obligations. This formula calculates the guideline child support amount as a percentage of an obligor’s net resources.

To calculate net resources you take total income minus:

  • Social Security taxes and Medicare taxes paid by the obligor
  • Federal income tax
  • If the obligor lives in a state that collect state income tax, deduct those
  • Union dues if any
  • Health insurance payments or cash medical support paid by the obligor

The next element to determine child support is the total number of children the obligor has, and the total number of children PRESENTLY before the court on that specific case. (Example, if obligor has five children from three different mothers and the current case involves only one child, apply the formula for one of five children).

If the court is dealing with one family alone, the calculations tend to be:

  • One child - 20% of income
  • Two children - 25% of income
  • Three children - 30% of income
  • Four children - 35% of income
  • Five children - 40% of income
  • Six children - No Less Than 40% of income

People can often get worked up, demanding increases or decreases to current child support orders. However, before the current orders can be changed, the party asking to change the orders must show a “significant change in circumstances.”

The law assumes that after several years the situation is ready to be reviewed for a possible increase/decrease. However, you can come to court sooner if you can show a change in employment status, income, health, marriage status, age of child or changed needs of the child.

It’s important to know the intimate details of your situation to know how to best defend or attack these claims. You need to know the best approach to get the best results. For example, outside agreements made or said between the parties will often not be enforceable by the court or the other party. The only orders that you know are enforceable by contempt and the court and one entered in the court in writing. It is so important to make sure you get this done right the first time because cleaning up these mistakes later can be difficult to impossible.

Contempt, Enforcement, & Defense

Debtors’ prisons are illegal now in the United States. The days of owing people money and being thrown into jail if you cannot pay these debts are almost all but nonexistent. However, child support under chapter 153 of the Texas Family Code and spousal maintenance under Chapter 8 of the Texas Family Code are exceptions.

In Texas, if a party is properly noticed and ordered to pay one or both of these obligations and fails to meet these requirements, they can be ordered by the court to pay up to $500 for each violation and/or up to 180 days in county jail for each violation.

Have more questions? Interested to hear what our team of advocates can do for you and your family? Calfas Law Group is ready to hear from you. Call 210-405-8315 today.

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    Neil Calfas

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    Born and raised here, Neil has a true appreciation for the San Antonio and South Texas culture. Attended Roosevelt High School, University of Texas in Austin, San Antonio College, University of Texas at San Antonio, and St. Mary’s University College of Law. Neil began his legal career working for the very Best Criminal Defense Lawyers of their time.
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    Sergio Ybarra

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    Sergio believes his purpose in life is to take his clients’ problems off their shoulders, using his skill and experience to guide them through the legal process and achieve the best possible results. By continuing to win jury trials for the Defense, he is pleased to know that every day he makes his purpose a reality.
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    Chase W. Butler

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    Mr. Butler has been part of the Texas legal system for his entire life. From a family of attorneys and elected judges, Mr. Butler believes the practice of law is based on hard work, faith, and personal client relationships.
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    Frank E. Gonzalez

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    Attorney Frank (Francis) E. Gonzalez is a life-long resident of San Antonio, Texas, having grown up just north of downtown. Frank has been licensed to practice law for 35 years, and comes from a family of attorneys, former judges, and former elected public servants.
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    Jonathan Chavez

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    Jonathan is an Associate Attorney at Calfas Law Group, PLLC, practicing Criminal Defense. He practices both trial and appellate law in Federal and State courts.
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