Child Support Attorneys in Austin

Legal Solutions for Your Unique Situation

Like many states, Texas has specific laws and guidelines governing child support awards. Led by accomplished child support attorneys, our firm understands that these laws can be confusing and that every situation is unique. We work closely with clients to secure child support awards that are fair and that meet the needs of the child.

Are you involved in a child support dispute? Call (512) 379-6274 for quality legal support from Jefferies & Herlihy, LLC.

Understanding the Importance of Child Support

Child support is an essential aspect of ensuring the well-being and proper upbringing of your child. It is a legal obligation that both parents have to provide financial support for their child's needs, including education, healthcare, and daily expenses. At Jefferies & Herlihy, LLC, we understand the significance of child support and are committed to helping you navigate through the complexities of this process.

Our experienced child support attorneys in Austin can assist you in:

  • Calculating child support obligations: We will help you understand how Texas determines child support based on factors such as income, number of children, and custody arrangements. Our team will ensure that the calculations are accurate and fair.
  • Challenging child support guidelines: In certain circumstances, you may have valid reasons to challenge the child support guidelines. Whether it is a change in financial circumstances or the specific needs of your child, we will advocate for your rights and work towards a resolution that best suits your situation.
  • Providing legal solutions tailored to your unique situation: Every family is different, and we recognize that. Our attorneys will take the time to understand your specific circumstances and provide personalized legal solutions that address your concerns and protect your child's best interests.

When you choose Jefferies & Herlihy, LLC, you can expect:

  • Compassionate and dedicated representation: We genuinely care about our clients and their families. Our attorneys will guide you through the legal process with empathy, understanding, and a commitment to achieving the best possible outcome for you and your child.
  • Extensive knowledge of family law: With years of experience in family law, our team has a deep understanding of the complexities involved in child support cases. We stay updated with the latest laws and regulations to provide you with accurate and reliable legal advice.
  • Effective negotiation and litigation skills: Our attorneys are skilled negotiators and litigators who will work tirelessly to protect your rights and interests. Whether through negotiation or courtroom advocacy, we always strive to achieve a favorable resolution for you.

Please call (512) 379-6274 or complete this online contact form to schedule a consultation with an Austin child support lawyer today.

Commonly Asked Questions

What income sources are taken into account when determining child support payments in Texas?

When calculating child support payments, Texas considers all income from:

  • Employment
  • Severance pay
  • Unemployment benefits
  • Retirement
  • Social security
  • Workers’ compensation awards

The court may also assign an income value to assets or impute income to a parent who is purposely unemployed or underemployed in order to determine the amount of the child support award. Support paid for other children, taxes, and the cost of covering the child’s health and dental insurance premiums are then deducted to determine the parent’s net income, or “statutory net resources.” Child support awards are a percentage of the paying party’s statutory net resources, , based on the number of children.

Can I challenge the amount of child support set by guidelines?

The child support guidelines in Texas are based on average family situations. However, the amount set by the guidelines is not appropriate in every situation. There are a variety of circumstances that may require a party to request the court to either increase or decrease a child support award. At Jefferies & Herlihy, LLC, our child support lawyers in Austin can help you request this type of modification.

When adjusting support payments, the court may consider:

  • The child’s age and needs
  • Each parent’s ability to support the child
  • Time spent with each parent
  • Child care expenses
  • Alimony payments
  • Cash flow from assets, property, or other financial resources
  • Extraordinary expenses for medical care or education
  • Post-secondary education expenses

If one parent thinks the amount of child support awarded should be increased or decreased, he or she may ask the court for an adjustment. The court will review the case and consider all relevant factors. We can help you gather the information needed to bolster your case and show why the change is needed.

Does Texas have any laws regarding retroactive changes in child support payment amounts?

Yes. Depending on certain circumstances such as changes in financial status or new information coming to light that was not known at the time of original court order, it is possible to modify orders retroactively concerning past due payments owed by either party.

Are there any special considerations if one parent lives out-of-state?

If one parent lives out-of-state they will need to abide by both state's laws when it comes to modifying existing orders or making new ones. Our law firm can help you understand how this could affect your situation going forward.

Why Hire Jefferies & Herlihy, LLC?

  • Empathetic Approach
    We have been exactly where you are and because of that, I can offer empathy and help in a way that is unique and solution-oriented.
  • Accounting Background
    When it comes to high stakes litigation, having counsel with an accounting background, skilled and experienced in litigation, and who understands how businesses operate and should be valued, is a significant asset.
  • Personalized Representation
    We value treating every client like family. Personal trust and relatability are the hallmarks of any good attorney-client relationship.