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Child support problems can be incredibly stressful. At Morales Padia Law, our San Antonio child support attorneys have deep experience handling these cases, calculating child support and ensuring that our clients’ best interests—and those of their children—are fully represented. Regardless of your current child support situation, we can help navigate these complex cases.

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Our child support legal services in San Antonio

Child support case review

First and foremost, many parents have questions about child support and how they can best protect the interests of their children and themselves in these cases. An experienced child support attorney is the best place to start; they can provide a breakdown of local child support laws and help you better understand the process so you can more easily navigate related issues.

Establishing child support orders

Our San Antonio child support lawyers can assist parents in obtaining court orders to establish child support obligations. We’ll handle the paperwork and represent you in court hearings, advocating for the best interests of you and your child.

Modifying existing child support orders

Child support is a fluid and ever-changing thing, based on a variety of factors that tend to change throughout the child support lifespan. This could include changing income levels, employment status, or child needs. We can help parents seek modifications to existing child support orders when these circumstances change, including filing petitions with the court and representing clients in modification hearings.

Child support mediation and negotiation

Child support is not typically black and white. In many cases, we can facilitate negotiations between parents to reach agreements on child support issues outside of court. This can be easier on both the parents and the children and produce a win-win outcome. 

Legal representation in court

In the event that child support issues do go to court, we can represent you. We’ll advocate for your interests before a judge, present evidence, and leverage skilled legal arguments to ensure a fair and equitable resolution of child support issues.

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Benefits of hiring a child support lawyer

Clear up confusion around child support

Calculating child support payments and navigating the process as circumstances change can be confusing and complex. Child support attorneys have specialized expertise—including relevant state laws, regulations, and legal procedures to ensure you have the power of knowledge.

Personalized consultation

You can Google “child support calculations” or any number of other terms and get general information on child support rules in your state. But only an experienced San Antonio child support lawyer can look at your individual circumstances and come up with a custom plan to address your needs, goals, and interests. 

Assistance with paperwork

Like any family law matter, child support cases often involve complex paperwork and procedural requirements. We can take this burden off your plate—helping with all child support paperwork to ensure the best possible outcomes. 

Court representation and negotiation skills

Negotiation and court representation is an art and a science. Our child support attorneys are great at what they do—with the specific skill sets to negotiate or argue your case in court.  

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Child support FAQs

How much does a San Antonio child support lawyer cost?

The answer to this question varies greatly depending on the situation and the length of time it takes to resolve the child support case. Generally, however, clients see a significant return on their investment in a child support attorney, thanks to money gained or saved in the form of child support payments. 

How is child support calculated in Texas?

Child support in Texas is a fairly simple calculation, based on each parent’s income, as well as the child’s medical expenses. But extenuating circumstances can affect child support negotiations—such as if a child has special needs, or if one parent has primary custody vs. more equally shared custody. That’s why it’s crucial to have a San Antonio child support lawyer review your case to determine the most appropriate child support calculations and negotiate this on your behalf. 

When do I need to hire a lawyer for child support cases?

The sooner the better. If you are planning for or going through a divorce and you have children with your spouse, it’s best to talk to an experienced family lawyer right away. They can provide a free case review to help you understand what to expect in child support calculations, negotiations, and if necessary, court proceedings. 

My child’s other parent failed to pay child support. What can I do?

In the event that your child’s parent fails to pay court-ordered child support, prompt action is crucial. First, consult with a lawyer who can help you determine the proper next steps and protocol for the best possible outcome. The usual steps include:

  • First, you’ll need to attempt communication with the non-paying parent and attempt to resolve things amicably. 
  • If communication attempts fail, be sure to document all missed payments with detailed records. 
  • Your attorney can help you contact your state's child support enforcement agency, which can attempt to enforce the child support order through things like wage garnishment, interception of tax refunds, or suspension of driver's licenses or professional licenses.
  • If this fails, you’ll need to work with your child support attorney to file a motion for contempt of court. If the court finds the non-paying parent guilty, they can face fines and even jail time.
  • Once the initial matter is resolved, be sure to monitor compliance and keep diligent records to prevent or help remediate future issues.

Do you handle child custody and spousal support cases as well?

At Morales Padia Law we handle a wide range of family law matters, including but not limited to: 

  • Divorce and separation
  • Child custody and visitation
  • Child and spousal support 
  • Property division 
  • Adoption and conservatorship
  • Child protective services cases
  • Modifications to existing orders
  • And enforcement of orders

 

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