Parents must consider not only how divorce affects them, but also how it affects their children — both emotionally and financially. A skilled Texas family lawyer is experienced in all family law matters. Shelia McCoy can help you obtain a fair and reasonable child support arrangement that allows you to raise your child in a safe and healthy environment. Drawing on numerous years of experience, we help parents:
In some cases, litigation is necessary for your child to receive fair financial support from both parents. Shelia McCoy methodically prepares for litigation to achieve the most equitable support arrangement for your child.
Texas law establishes general child support guidelines. Our attorneys help you understand the basis of these guidelines and how they apply to you. We’re committed to achieving the best possible financial solutions within the guidelines. That begins with using the discovery process to compel a full, truthful financial disclosure, so the court can calculate basic child support with accurate data. Affluent couples must often deal with issues beyond basic child support, such as payments for private school tuition, sports and enrichment activities. Shelia McCoy can help you obtain support payments that best accommodate your financial circumstances and most appropriately provide for your child’s needs.
Through the structured process of mediation, couples can put aside their differences and focus on the one objective where they tend to agree — their children’s well-being. Mediation presents a forum for creating fair child support plans that allow both parents to share in the financial obligations of raising their children. Our skilled negotiators can guide the process toward equitable solutions.
If your spouse has fallen behind on child support payments, you may need assistance to collect the money that rightfully belongs to your child. Shelia McCoy guides you through the process of enforcing your child support order.
Of course, financial problems or the changing needs of your children may alter your circumstances. Still, you must continue to pay child support at the current level until the court modifies your order. Our attorneys help you petition expeditiously for a modification to avoid undue hardship.
Sec. 154.068. WAGE AND SALARY PRESUMPTION. (a) In the absence of evidence of a party’s resources, as defined by Section 154.062(b), the court shall presume that the party has income equal to the federal minimum wage for a 40-hour week to which the support guidelines may be applied.
(b) The presumption required by Subsection (a) does not apply if the court finds that the party is subject to an order of confinement that exceeds 90 days and is incarcerated in a local, state, or federal jail or prison at the time the court makes the determination regarding the party’s income.
Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 20, Sec. 1, eff. April 20, 1995.
Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1046 (H.B. 3017), Sec. 3, eff. September 1, 2013.
Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1249 (H.B. 943), Sec. 1, eff. September 1, 2015.