Helping You Ensure A Fair Child Support Agreement
During a divorce, one spouse may try to weaponize child support against the other as a way of inflicting financial hardship out of spite. Parents who do this have likely lost sight of the fact that the money is for the good of their children and that a bad agreement mostly harms the children rather than the other parent. To help your kids have the resources they need during and after your divorce, you will require a lawyer who will represent their needs as well as yours.
I am Texas attorney John Hicks, and I am proud to represent families in need through all of their family law challenges. I am a Marine veteran and a current Emergency Medical Services (EMS) worker and firefighter. At The Hicks Law Firm, I am committed to helping the San Antonio community in any way I can. While I stand up for my clients in their divorce cases, I know that they often have more questions than answers. This is why I want to take the time now to address some of the more common questions I get, below.
What Factors Do Texas Courts Consider When Determining Child Support?
A lot of factors make up the final child support amount decided by a court. As your legal representation, my goal is to present the truth of these factors, such as the age of the children, their needs, the ability of each parent to financially provide for their children, any other child support that a parent has to pay, medical needs, child care expenses, educational costs, insurance costs and health care expenses.
What Reasons Allow For A Child Support Modification?
While it is possible to modify a child support agreement, there needs to be a valid reason for doing so. Several legitimate reasons include a significant increase or decrease in a parent’s income, major changes in a child’s needs, a parent or child going on public assistance, a shift in a parent’s cost of living, an insurance premium increase or decrease, or another substantial change in circumstances in the child’s life.
Which Parent Has To Pay Child Support?
While every divorce is unique, most times, the noncustodial parent (the parent who does not have primary conservatorship of a child) will have to pay child support to the custodial parent. The court will determine what amount the paying parent will owe every month, based on the unique factors of their case.
Schedule A Free Consultation With A Knowledgeable San Antonio Child Support Lawyer
Whether you are a custodial or noncustodial parent, I can help you pursue an outcome in your divorce that ensures that your children have the necessary resources to grow into stable and successful adults. Call my San Antonio office of The Hicks Law Firm at 210-987-3059 or email me here to schedule your free initial consultation today.